Past Imperfect

Past Imperfect

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Stephen Fry praised Julian Fellowes? previous novel, Snobs, as ?a guilty treat?. A Sunday Times bestseller, it won praise and an enthusiastic readership across the world. Its successor, Past Imperfect, is another treat, an enthralling comedy of manners, but with an intriguing conundrum at its heart.Damian Baxter is very rich and dying.He lives alone, attended by chauffeur, butler, cook and a housemaid, a life of everything and nothing. Before he goes he needs to know if he has a living heir. At stake is his fortune ? in excess, he reckons, of GBP500 million. By the time he married he was sterile (the result of adult mumps in his early twenties), but what about before that unfortunate illness? Had he fathered a child as a young man?An anonymous letter from twenty years before suggests so. But finding the truth will not prove easy, as the only man who knows where to look is Damian?s sworn enemy.Often funny and on occasion even shocking, the twists and turns of Past Imperfect will leave readers as intrigued as Damian at the eventual outcome.Just as in his bestselling book Snobs, Julian Fellowes shows himself a wonderful storyteller with characters superbly observed. Here is the Jane Austen of the twenty-first century with more than an acerbic dash of Evelyn Waugh.Read by Julian Fellowesshow more

Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 138 x 140 x 16mm | 181.44g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Abridged
  • Abridged edition
  • 0752899058
  • 9780752899053
  • 855,451

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thoroughly enjoyable. -- Sue Arnold * THE GUARDIAN * PAST IMPERFECT is a brilliant observation of the upper classes of society by Julian Fellowes....Julian is the perfect writer of this genre and his rendition on audio very definitely gives you a flavour of the atmosphere of the period.... An audio book to enjoy at leisure. * BOOK FIENDS KINGDOM * Julian Fellowes has a wickedly keen eye for observing the habits of the upper classes ... Past Imperfect is intelligently and wittily written. * DAILY EXPRESS *show more

About Julian Fellowes

Julian Fellowes is an actor, writer, director and producer. He has had roles in 'Monarch of the Glen', 'Shadowlands', 'Damage' and 'Tomorrow Never Dies'. He has written the scripts of 'Little Lord Fauntleroy' (winner of an International EMMY, 1995) and 'The Prince and the Pauper' (nominated for a BAFTA, 1997), which he also produced. His first screenplay for the cinema was 'Gosford Park', which won a plethora of prizes, not least the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. He wrote the screenplay for the recent version of 'Vanity Fair', starring Reese Witherspoon, and 'The Young Victoria', currently in post-production. His debut as a Director, 'Separate Lies' was released to acclaim in 2006. As well as his novel 'Snobs' (a UK and US bestseller), he has written a children's book and the book for the musical of 'Mary Poppins'. Julian is married to Emma, nee Kitchener, and they have one son, more

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Julian Fellowes has a wickedly keen eye for observing the habits of the upper classes ... Past Imperfect is intelligently and wittily written. DAILY EXPRESSshow more

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3,570 ratings
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4 36% (1,279)
3 33% (1,175)
2 11% (401)
1 3% (103)
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