The New Countess

Habits of the House (Volume 3)

Fay Weldon; Read by Katherine Kellgren

Macmillan Audio

From the award-winning novelist and writer of Upstairs Downstairs, the third book in a brilliant trilogy about what life was really like for masters and servants before the world of Downton Abbey.

England, 1903. Lord Robert and Lady Isobel Dilberne and the entire grand estate, with its hundred rooms, is busy planning for a visit from Edward VII and Queen Alexandra just a few months a way. Preparations are elaborate and exhaustive: the menus and fashions must be just so, and so must James, the new heir and son of Arthur Dilberne and Chicago heiress, Minnie O'Brien. But there are problems. Little James is being reared to Lady Isobel's tastes, not Minnie's. And Mrs. O'Brien is visiting from America and causing trouble. Meanwhile, the Dilbernes' niece, Adela is back and stirring up hysteria in the servants hall by claiming the house is cursed. The royal visit is imperiled, but so are the Dilberne finances once more. His Lordship is under tremendous stress, and the pecking order will soon be upset as everything at Dilberne Court changes.

The New Countess is the final novel in Fay Weldon's exciting trilogy that began with Habits of the House and Long Live the King. The bestselling novelist and award-winning writer of the pilot episode of the original Upstairs Downstairs lifts the curtain on British society, upstairs and downstairs, under one roof.



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Praise for The New Countess

“Kellgren is the perfect narrator to capture the underlying sarcastic tone of Weldon’s story, ably switching between accents for the upper-class British, the Americans, and the servants. The pacing is excellent and the overall effect is a humorously snarky look at a slowly vanishing way of life.” – Booklist

In the Press

Fay Weldon remembers life upstairs and downstairs - The Washington Post
With “The New Countess,” she completes a trilogy set at the opening of the 20th century.
- The Washington Post

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  • Fay Weldon; Read by Katherine Kellgren

  • FAY WELDON is a novelist, playwright, and screenwriter who, at the age of 16, lived in a grand London townhouse as the daughter of the housekeeper. In addition to winning a Writers' Guild Award for the pilot of Upstairs Downstairs, she is a Commander of the British Empire whose books include Praxis, shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction; The Heart of the Country, winner of the Los Angeles Times Fiction Prize; Worst Fears, shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award; and Wicked Women, which won the PEN/Macmillan Silver Pen Award. She lives in England.
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    Fay Weldon
  • Katherine Kellgren





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    The New Countess

    Habits of the House

    Fay Weldon; Read by Katherine Kellgren



    Macmillan Audio