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Product Details

  • Series: Habits of the House (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250028000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250028006
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #943,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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His balance sheet firmly back in the black thanks to the machinations of his solicitor, Eric Baum, Lord Dilberne, can now turn his attentions to more pressing affairs of state, especially the upcoming coronation of King Edward VII. There are grouse to be shot and golf to be played, and his wife, Isobel, must advise both family and the court on the proper amount of ermine to trim the royal robes. And then there’s the matter of the coveted extra tickets to the event itself: Should they go to the socially unacceptable Baums or to Lord Dilberne’s estranged brother Edwin and his family? Isobel makes a potentially awkward decision, unaware that Edwin has died. His now-orphaned teenage daughter, Adela, then falls prey to a pair of con artists out to capitalize on the gentry’s fascination with spiritualism. Teeming with tasty tidbits about royals great and small, Weldon’s second installment in her Dilberne Court trilogy, following Habits of the House (2013), gives devoted Anglophiles a whirlwind tour upstairs, downstairs, and all around the castle. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Promotional efforts will be redoubled as acclaimed author Weldon’s delicious series continues. --Carol Haggas

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"Weldon remains at the top of her game with [Long Live the King]....Fans of Downton Abbey will relish this rich and witty comedy of manners." —Star Tribune

"Teeming with tasty tidbits about royals great and small, Weldon’s second installment in her Dilberne Court trilogy gives devoted Anglophiles a whirlwind tour upstairs, downstairs, and all around the castle." —Booklist on Long Live the King

"Before there was DOWNTON ABBEY, there was UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS 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.”... Always a ripe target for mockery and disdain, the British aristocracy comes in for a thorough drubbing in Weldon’s snarky send-up" - Booklist

"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)

"Fay Weldon has always examined the scary parts of what lies beneath the silk cushions and behind the closed gates." —The Chronicle of Higher Education

"I was a girl from Downstairs. When I was 16, my bedroom was in the basement of a posh house in London, where my mother was the housekeeper. . . . Odd, this class business. Here's Upstairs Downstairs back again, Downton Abbey so popular." —Fay Weldon


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The plot seemed a bit convoluted and it ended rather too quickly for my taste.
Raymond Zdan
The new characters introduced are not particularly fleshed out - I'm not sure even author Weldon finds them interesting - as events just sort of "happen" to them.
Jill Meyer
Excellent - read the two that have been released and anxiously waiting the third release.
Pat

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 7, 2013
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Fay Weldon's newest novel, "Long Live the King" is the middle volume in her trilogy about Edwardian society. Weldon, known for her trenchant and witty novels of social life in England, has jumped on the "Downton Abbey" bandwagon with her trilogy. She is the author of the first, the original episode of "Upstairs, Downstairs", and knows her subject pretty well.

Weldon's first book in the trilogy, "Habits of the House", was published earlier this year and introduced the reader to the Dilberne family. Parents and two adult children, as well as a houseful of "staff", the family had fallen onto hard times financially due to some very risky investments in South Africa. A "timely" marriage to the daughter of a wealthy Chicago pork-mogul saved the family from ruin and they were able to continue in London society. This second book - set a few years later - continues the family's story, but has a sort of "rushed" feel to it. The new characters introduced are not particularly fleshed out - I'm not sure even author Weldon finds them interesting - as events just sort of "happen" to them. The characters from the first book had been written with a surer hand than those of the second. I think Weldon would have been better off continuing the story with just the characters from "Habits". The Dilbernes, the Baums, and the staff were all well-drawn.

Now, it's easy for a reviewer to comment on one book, but what of two books in a series? In this case, book one was a very good read, while book two was not particularly worth the plod. What about book three? Do we have hopes for Weldon to tie her characters and plot together in the tidy fashion she's generally known for? I sure hope so. I've already preordered book three, which will be out in mid-December. I recommend this book only to readers who enjoyed book one in the series and who hold out hope that book three will rebound to Weldon's high standards.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Truver on August 30, 2013
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For the lover of the period drama this novel is an excellent selection. Fay Weldon's writing reminds one of famous Victorian authors like Anthony Trollope. The novel is not gripping but the story is excellent. If you enjoy a historical fiction, this will not disappoint.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By marita synnestvedt on May 6, 2013
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Long Live the King is the second book in the triology "Love and Inheritance". This is Downton Abby with an intelligent feministic touch. This is Fay Weldon at her best; witty and knowledgeable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laurie A. Brown VINE VOICE on July 26, 2013
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The year is 1901, King Edward VII is soon to have his official coronation, and the Dilberne family is in a kerfuffle. Robert Dilberne is good friend of the King and so caught up in preparations for the coronation, as is his wife, Lady Isobel. Their daughter in law Minnie is pregnant, ready to do her duty by providing an heir, and daughter Rosina is still being a political agitator. Meanwhile, sixteen year old, suddenly orphaned Adela, niece to Lord Dilberne, tired of having her fate arranged by others, takes her life into her own hands and goes on an adventure. And three invitations to the coronation have become an object of much contention and confusion.

This trilogy (which began with last years Habits of the House) is sort of like Seinfeld: the show about nothing. Very little seems to take place, but everybody is practicing their own little schemes and things that seem small take on great importance. Nobody is really a villain; nobody is really a hero. They are just people- wealthy people, for the most part but not all- being people at a time when great changes were taking place. But the books are written so well that I can't put them down, and I eagerly await the third book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 6, 2013
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A friend lent me the first in the trilogy, and I loved it, passed it on and Kindled the second in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CharlotteThomas on June 3, 2013
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Very basic story line. Not, in my opinion, that well written. Character developement lacking, story developement weak. Ending quite abrupt.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Lins TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 7, 2013
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Fans of "Habits of the House" by Fay Weldon rejoice! "Long Live the King", the second installment of the promised trilogy is here and it's another tasty morsel from "Upstairs/Downstairs" pilot writer, Weldon.

"Downton Abby" fans who need a "fix" before the next season airs will want to tap into this trilogy depicting Robert, Earl of Dilberne, and his family, his servants, his Monarchs and his trades-people. This novel revolves around the flurry, fashion and frenzy anticipation of the Coronation of King Edward VII, following the death of his mother, the long-reigning Queen Victoria. Times are changing after the Queen's death; fashions and morals are getting a bit "looser" and the Earl's family and acquaintances are not immune from these changes.

Weldon's dry wit and sardonic story-telling are again in full view in "Long Live the King". The comparison/contrast is less between upstairs and downstairs in this novel as it is between upstairs and the "trade" class. Clearly the novel is well-researched and there are plenty of "behind the scenes" gossipy gems about Queen Victoria and her son Edward VII.

We are introduced in this novel to the Earl's young niece, Adela, and a juicy plot that includes Coronation machinations, Spiritualism (popular at the time), Kidnapping, Church of England turf wars, Anglican convents, and Zionism. All told with Weldon's great style and panache! The plot also advances significantly for Robert and Isobel's children, Rosina and Arthur and is American wife, Minnie.

I'm already looking forward to the third installment!
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