Snobs : A Novel

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'Fellowes doesn't try to hide his love of the funny, sealed, above-stairs world of dukes, duchesses, marquesses, nursery maids, herbaceous borders and breakfast kedgeree, all of which makes SNOBS such a a good, fresh read' DAILY TELEGRAPH Edith Lavery is a woman on the make. The attractive only child of a middle-class accountant, she leaves behind her dull job in a Chelsea estate agents and manages to bag one of the most eligible bachelors of the day - Charles Broughton, heir to the Marquess of Uckfield. But is life amongst the upper echelons of 'good' society all that it seems? Edith soon discovers there's much more to the aristocracy than dancing in Anabel's, shooting small birds and understanding which fork to use at dinner. And then there is Charles's mother, the indomitable Lady Uckfield, or 'Googie' to her friends, who is none too pleased with her son's choice of breeding partner. With twists and turns aplenty, this is a comical tale worthy of a contemporary Jane 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
  • 0753820099
  • 9780753820094
  • 542,939

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'this splendidly entertaining novel.' GOOD HOUSEKEEPING 'it's the brittle, crystalline dialogue and the brilliant satire of the 21st century dinner-party set, that ensure the pages keep turning.' THE OBSERVER 'a modern comedy of manners. The plot includes a disapproving mother-in-law and some serious impediments to Edith's attempts at social climbing of epic proportions. This is a witty bestseller from Julian Fellowes, the Oscar-winning writer of the hit film Gosford park.' DAILY EXPRESS 'Astute and wonderfully witty, this is an interesting insight into the world of the upper classes.' COMPANY 'A wonderfully fresh novel that immerses the reader in a world most culd never dream of entering. Julian Fellowes's wit and sharp observational skills brighten every page.' WATERSTONE'S BOOK QUARTERLY 'an entertaining read.' NEW BOOKSshow more

About Julian Fellowes

Julian Fellowes - actor, writer, director, producer - is probably best known for his portrayal of the incorrigible Lord Kilwillie in the BBC's 'Monarch of the Glen'. Writng for TV, he has been nominated for a BAFTA and won an International Emmy. His first screenplay for the cinema was GOSFORD PARK for which he won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar. He made his directorial debut with SEPARATE LIES in 2005. Julian is married to Emma, nee Kitchener, and they have one son, more

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6,605 ratings
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4 33% (2,202)
3 38% (2,513)
2 12% (798)
1 4% (235)
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