A Novel

Book - 2005
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Edith Lavery feels she has been given the world when Charles, the Earl Broughton and heir to the Marquess of Uckfield, proposes, but as she prepares for the wedding, Edith begins to wonder if she truly loves Charles or if she is merely in love with his title and wealth.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2005
ISBN: 9780312336929
Characteristics: 265 p. ; 25 cm
Call Number: FELLOWES, J


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Aug 03, 2016

Julian Fellowes has all his known ingredients in this first novel published hot on the heels of his Oscar-winning screen play for Gosford Park.The book was a Times Bestseller.It doesn't quite work for me.I think it was the narrator who was a 'fly on the wall'. He remains nameless throughout. In the action but at the same time removed and observant. The highly visual descriptions and the clever writing carried off the froth and inevitable outcomes in what is essentially a novel of its time rather than from an earlier era.When it comes to the aristocracy and the upwardly mobile in Britain, nothing has changed.Julian Fellowes is very knowledgeable on this topic.There could easily be a film or TV series there.

Feb 14, 2015

Well written prose but the novel didn't seem so satirical but more didactic. The characterizations for the protagonists were done well and the prose is very interesting. Worth reading if you're a fan of the "class differences" stories.

WVMLStaffPicks Feb 01, 2015

Entertaining satire of England's class system as it exists today. The author, winner of an Academy Award for the screenplay of the movie Gosford Park, neither despises nor glorifies the characters in this witty and elegant tale. If you like E.M. Forster, Oscar Wilde or Fawlty Towers you will enjoy this social critique told from an insider's perspective.

libbuff Jan 14, 2013

Another great glimpse of who's in and who's out in British society. Great "comedy of manners."

To the comment about the characters seeming empty.... that was the point.

Mar 13, 2012

An amusing yet scathing portrait of the British class system. Good read for those who enjoyed Downton Abbey.

Nov 19, 2011

Interesting, but after awhile, the characters seem kind of empty.

Nov 12, 2011

Having lived in the UK for a decade or so, I found this book extremely funny. It describes the mores of circles I certainly never moved in, but it rang true. Hysterical.


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