I didn’t think I’d post anything tonight. But MasterB having just, with my help, seen off the mainly black cat who thinks our garden would be a nice territory, is keen to stay outside a bit longer to be master of his demesne.
It has been a long week. I have a new boss. She seems nice enough, but inconsistent. As she wants us to get on with things ourselves – a bit if a challenge this as we were micromanaged to death under the previous boss – then gets uppity when she thinks she should know something we haven’t told her. Maybe she’ll settle down. I do hope so. It’s all a bit disorientating. I got told off because I am not attending a meeting on a day I am working elsewhere. Not having mastered being in two places at once, I seemed doomed to lose. I also seem to be spending far too much time considering the whys and wherefores of others’ behaviours instead of doing my job. Also, new boss hasn’t answered a question I have now asked her twice, and it is becoming pressing. What is sauce for the goose etc.
Not that I want my old boss back. No way. She was a complete nightmare, a control freak with knobs on. I am not sure what the knobs were, I wouldn’t like to twiddle them; we would probably be in a nuclear holocaust. She has been in twice this week. I do wonder if the new boss’ need to assert herself is anything to do with the old boss who tried to nail things down in perpetuity before she left, and apparently spent some time during her visits this week energetically trying to coerce the new boss to follow her plans.
Thank goodness I am part time there.
So it will be easy to understand that I am eager to get to bed and read my book. I have the Guardian Review to thank for its purchase. I have it on my e-book reader so I just know it must be a fairly long novel as I have been keenly reading it for days and am only at 72%. It is called Longbourn and is by Jo Baker. It is a take on Pride and Prejudice written from the perspective of the servants. No, take is the wrong word. It has its roots in P&P but it is very much a novel in its own right. The review I read is here. I love Clare Clark’s novels, if I can say that having only read two, and if she endorsed it, I was happy to give it a go.
I don’t think you would need to be familiar with Jane Austen’s novel to enjoy this one, but it helps. The flip side to life above stairs is stronger when you know the above stairs story.
Anyway, I think it is wonderfully well conceived and written, and if you are looking for a healthy, absorbing read, this is the book you need.