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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)
On the other side, there's just not quite as much story as one would expect from a period piece.
There were long descriptive passages between short snippets of dialogue, but the author still didn't manage to create any striking images in my mind.
It's the first book of a trilogy due to be out in 2013, and I look forward to reading the remaining two volumes.
Horrible story. When an entire series is available, I always purchase all the books. What a mistake these purchases were. Read morePublished 3 months ago by KLD in NJ
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 7 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 7 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 9 months ago by Library Systems