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“Good fun from start to finish, thanks to breezy storytelling and witty social observations.” —The Washington Post
"Weldon brilliantly captuures the rituals above stairs and the gossip below stairs...Habits of the House is an absorbing and worthwhile read." —Star Tribune
"Before there was Downton Abbey, there was Upstairs Downtstairs and, having written the first episode of that iconic television series, it is only fitting that Weldon now returns to the scene of the crime to further explore the disparate worlds of ‘them that has and those what serve ’em.’” —Booklist
"[Habits of the House] succeeds as an opening to a new series." —Publishers Weekly
“An entertaining romp for Downton Abbey fans. . . . Weldon did the screenwriting for the first episode of Upstairs Downstairs so she has form in this arena.” —The Guardian
“I predict a happy success for the trilogy, in print and on the screen. Julian Fellowes must look to his laurels, and Downton Abbey may find itself running second to 17 Belgrave Square.” —The Scotsman
"My favorite part of the original series is the first episode because it was written by a great English novelist, Fay Weldon. Everybody was introduced so cleverly . . . so beautifully established." —Jean Marsh, co-creator of Upstairs, Downstairs
"There is simply no touching Weldon as a writer." —The Observer (UK)
It's the first book of a trilogy due to be out in 2013, and I look forward to reading the remaining two volumes.
I didn't care if the family survived, I didn't care about the marriage prospects of Arthur or Rosina, and I didn't care about their parents.
The story definitely lacks something and could use a bit more character development to breath a little life into it.
I did enjoy this book. It was more soap opera and less sociological, historical than I expected it to be be from the description given. It was fun.Published 3 months ago by Stephen M Mckay
If you liked "Downton Abbey" or "Upstairs Downstairs", you'll like this book. I found it engrossing and an enjoyable read. Read morePublished 4 months ago by W. S. Clausing
We purchased "Habits of the House" based on the many 4 and star Amazon reviews. Beyond the appealing cover art that adds to the hype that the storyline is reminiscent of... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Library Systems
Enjoyed learning about the aristocracy of England in the early 1900s and how they related to their servants. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dawn Peterson
Story line moves slow. I keep putting the book down and find it hard to pick it up again. I expected more.Published 7 months ago by Susan Podsiadly
I kept reading this book in hopes of finding some value however none came. The lone positive I can give would be that the author thoroughly developed the characters. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bud Angelus
Style put me off. It's rather slow, a bit pretentious. Characters tend to be unlikable. I understand the intent of the book, but for me, it did not make it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Wanda H. Giles
Am I missing something here?! I read several of the reviews with 4-5 stars just to see what people saw in this book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by SouthernGal820