by September on Feb 7, 2013 at 2:54 pm
We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be publishing the wonderful Jo Baker’s new novel, Longbourn, later this year. A tale sure to capture the hearts of Austen fans, Longbourn is a fascinating take on Pride and Prejudice from the servants’ point of view.
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Transworld Publishers are delighted to announce that they have acquired British and Commonwealth rights in Longbourn by Jo Baker. Marianne Velmans, Publishing Director, pre-empted it within twenty-four hours of submission by Clare Alexander at Aitken Alexander Associates.
Marianne Velmans says: ‘Pride and Prejudice from the servants’ point of view was an irresistible pitch. Then I raced through the whole novel in one sitting, as Jo Baker has taken the idea and written a beautiful, stylish, moving and totally compelling novel which, while following Austen’s timeline, presents a completely original love story against the harsh backdrop of working people’s lives in Regency England.’
Clare Alexander says: ‘Longbourn is a piece of art that emerges from a much-loved classic. Jo is not a novice, and this is her fifth novel. It is immensely satisfying to have worked with a talented writer from the outset, and to see her take flight. This is her moment, and Longbourn will make her a literary star.’
“Jane Austen was my first experience of grown-up literature,” Baker says. “But as I read and re-read her books, I began to become aware that if I’d been living at the time, I wouldn’t have got to go to the ball; I would have been stuck at home with the sewing. Just a few generations back, my family were in service. Aware of that English class thing, Pride and Prejudice begins to read a little differently.”
2013 is the bicentennial anniversary of Pride & Prejudice, and Longbourn will be published by Doubleday in hardback and ebook later in August, with the Black Swan paperback to follow in 2014. Editorial Director Jane Lawson will be the editor in the UK. Within the same short time frame, US rights have been bought by Knopf, where Diana Coglianese will be the editor, having worked with the author on her previous novel. The deal was done via Anna Stein of Aitken Alexander in New York. Film rights have been snapped up via Lesley Thorne at Aitken Alexander by Random Studio and Focus Features and translation rights have already been sold in Spain, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Brazil, France, and Sweden.
For further information contact: Alison Barrow 0208 231 6654/07970 450 184 firstname.lastname@example.org
Note re photograph of Jo Baker:
The author photograph is issued one-off usage only to go with the announcement of acquisition, not to be kept on file please. Further usage requires clearance with Camera Press. Thank you.
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