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It is an extraordinary tribute to Jane Austen and the power of her writing that now, two centuries on, readers and writers across the globe are still wanting to inhabit the world she created in Pride and Prejudice. There is a strong tradition of sequels, translations and reinventions of this classic tale, and the latest in this line is Longbourn by Jo Baker (published by Random House), which retells the story from the perspective of the servants. Longbourn, much like that other famous piece of Austen fan-fiction, Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Diary, has been very popular and is due to be made into a film.
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