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Snobs

Julian Fellowes; Read by the Author

Macmillan Audio

A Times (London) bestseller from the author of Gosford Park
Edith Lavery, the pretty daughter of an accountant, meets gossip-column favorite Charles Broughton (Earl of Broughton and heir to the Marquess of Uckfield) at Ascot. When he proposes and she accepts, does she really love him, or is she merely dazzled by his title and money?
In a tale that mixes contemporary Jane Austen with the brilliant social commentary of Gosford Park, Julian Fellowes chronicles Edith’s rise and fall with twists and turns aplenty. Through the eyes of his narrator, a journeyman actor who manages to negotiate the choppy waters of snobbery and excess as he moves between the upper and middle classes, in SNOBS Fellowes gives us a delicious comedy of manners to rival Oscar Wilde at his wittiest.

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SNOBS (Chapter One)

I do not know exactly how Edith Lavery came first to be taken up by Isabel Easton. Probably they had a friend in common or sat on some committee together, or perhaps they just went to the same hairdresser. But I can remember that from quite early on, for some reason, Isabel decided that Edith was rather a feather in her cap, someone that little bit special to be fed to her country neighbours in rationed morsels. History was of course to prove her right, although there was no tremendously compelling evidence for this when I first met her. Edith was certainly very pretty then

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  • Snobs by Julian Fellowes--Audiobook Excerpt

    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Julian Fellowes' novel Snobs. From the creator of the Emmy Award-winning television series Downton Abbey and the Academy Award winning screenplay for Gosford Park, comes this delicious comedy of manners to rival Oscar Wilde at his wittiest. Edith Lavery, the pretty daughter of an accountant, meets gossip-column favorite Charles Broughton (Earl of Broughton and heir to the Marquess of Uckfield) at Ascot.

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“Provocative, titillating, and seductive."—The Spectator

“Sparklingly rompish...As long as this world does still exist, Fellowes is a delectable guide to its absurdities.”—Sunday Times (London)

“Illustrated with some cherishably nasty, Gosford Park-style scenes of aristocratic point-scoring...[One] of those books one imagines being sent up to Balmoral...where it will be proclaimed divinely funny and quite amazingly true to life.” —The Guardian

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  • Julian Fellowes; Read by the Author

  • JULIAN FELLOWES won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in his movie screenwriting debut for Robert Altman’s Gosford Park. His new version of Vanity Fair with Reese Witherspoon is scheduled for release in 2004, and he is writing the book for a stage production of Mary Poppins, to be produced by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh. He and his wife, Emma, a lady-in-waiting to HRH Princess Michael of Kent, divide their time between London and their country house in Dorset. This is his first novel.
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