The House

The House

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1945. On the death of his father, Sydney, Lord Otterton finds himself heir to a crumbling country mansion, Cranfield. Despite the fact that his sinister mother has appropriated most of the family funds, the new Lord Otterton manages to persuade his wife and three children to move into the decaying house and set about restoring it to its former glory. To aid him in this task, he recruits Annie Jerrold, a faithful family servant, to be the new housekeeper. She is soon joined by a cast of weird and wonderful characters - a drunken butler, a malevolent French governess and a pair of bizarre lodgers with a rather dubious past. Added to this is an elderly Polish historian, a romantic researching the Whig aristocracy who finds himself involved in a much more intriguing plot on the discovery of some hidden family letters.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 24mm | 281.23g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0753817225
  • 9780753817223

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We have received a wonderful quote for the paperback: "Any visit to a foreign country requires a knowledgeable guide and when it comes to the post war decline of the British aristocracy and the collapse (almost literally) of the Great House culture one cannot do better than Lady Teresa Waugh. This is her world, with all the comedy and pathos of a civilisation in retreat, and in this wonderfully complicated, funny and ultimately moving novel, she shares it most generously with her readers." Julian Fellowes, Oscar-winning author of Gosford Park:show more

About Teresa Waugh

As well as her career as a novelist, Teresa Waugh also translates from French and Italian. She was married to Auberon Waugh.show more

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30 ratings
3.2 out of 5 stars
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4 30% (9)
3 27% (8)
2 23% (7)
1 7% (2)
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