I always feel like Autumn is a great time to read some classic literature. I think it’s something about the golden leaves, the mist, and the last rays of sunshine, which makes me nostalgic. My favourite classics are those by the Bronte sisters and Jane Austen, and it’s a privilege to be working for a publisher – Vintage – who’ve created some beautiful editions of Jane Austen’s six novels, and Charlotte, Anne and Emily’s best known works. So, I thought I’d take a few pictures and share them with you too.
If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats, Sarah thought, she would be more careful not to trudge through muddy fields.
It is wash-day for the housemaids at Longbourn House, and Sarah’s hands are chapped and bleeding. Domestic life below stairs, ruled tenderly and forcefully by Mrs Hill the housekeeper, is about to be disturbed by the arrival of a new footman, smelling of the sea and bearing secrets.
For in Georgian England, there is a world the young ladies in the drawing room will never know, a world of poverty, love and brutal war. (more…)