March 23, 2014

Book Review: Snobs by Julian Fellowes


Book Review: Snobs by Julian Fellowes


Are you like me and suffering from Downton Abbey withdrawal?  It's been a few weeks since the latest season of the hit series ended, and I am missing the Grantham family something fierce.  I found salvation at the bookstore when I stumbled upon Snobs by Julian Fellowes, the creator of the hit series.  Snobs proclaims itself 'a novel of modern manners', and boasts the same beauty and bite we all love in Downton.  Set in the 90s, this is the story of Edith Lavery, an English rose who has her sights set on the manor house, or rather, on the Earl Broughton.  Charles proves an easy target for Edith, and she soon finds herself part of the upper crust world of 'the name game' dinner parties, hunting weekends, and charity work.  When a film crew overruns Broughton Hall to shoot a period drama, Edith meets a dashing actor and begins to question if she really wants a life in the aristocracy. Fellowes brings his wit and perception to the novel, and the dialogue is just as entertaining as on Downton.  Echos of Lady Mary can be found in Edith, and that sharp tongue we all love on Violet, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, is peppered throughout the text.  While the book had little of the upstairs downstairs dynamic I love in the show, it paints a vivid picture of the charming traditions, confusing idiosyncrasies and unabashed hypocrisy of the modern English upper class.  I recommend the book to any anglophile, lover of Downton Abbey, or someone just looking for a good beach read full of gossip and scandal.  Make yourself a cup of tea and curl up for a good read!


Book Review: Snobs by Julian Fellowes

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