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Julian Fellowes's Belgravia Hardcover – Large Print, July 5, 2016
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"The plot has plenty of surprises... The dialogue is crisp... and there are a number of wonderful set pieces."―New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Educated at Ampleforth and Magdalene College, Cambridge, Julian Fellowes is a multi-award-winning actor, writer, director and producer. As creator, sole writer, and executive producer of the hit television series DOWNTON ABBEY, Fellowes has won three Emmy awards.
Fellowes received the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for GOSFORD PARK (2002). His work was also honored by the Writer's Guild of America, The New York Film Critics' Circle and the National Society of Film Critics for Best Screenplay. Other writing credits for film include PICCADILLY JIM (2004), VANITY FAIR (2004), YOUNG VICTORIA (2009), THE TOURIST (2010), ROMEO & JULIET (2013), and the upcoming three-part drama DOCTOR THORNE for ITV. Fellowes also directed the award-winning films SEPARATE LIES and FROM TIME TO TIME. Fellowes wrote the books for the Tony-nominated stage production of MARY POPPINS and SCHOOL OF ROCK - THE MUSICAL which opened on Broadway in December 2015, and is written and produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Fellowes has authored two novels: the international bestsellers SNOBS (2005) and PAST IMPERFECT (2008/2009).
Julian Fellowes became a life peer in 2010. He lives in Dorset and London with his wife, Emma.
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It's a simple story, starts with the usual prohibited love affair, throw in some war, unimaginable loss, and then add cover ups, greedy low life aristocrats ( and many that surprise you) and you have a tale that may take place in Victorian England, but with a couple of scenery changes, could take place any where and at any time. A very gripping read, told in absolutely flawless prose with great insight and feeling. Loved it!
In that sense, this is very typical of his work, however I was somewhat disappointed and found the plot very predictable and many of the characters rather underdeveloped.
The story opens during the Napoleonic Wars (about 100 years before the setting of Downton Abbey) and then quickly jumps ahead 25 years to the 1840s or thereabouts. Perhaps it's because these eras have been so thoroughly covered by literary giants such as Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, George Eliot, Charles Dickens and the Bronte Sisters that this story pales by comparison. It reads more like a screenplay for a mini-series than a great work of literature.
It's a okay for a light read, but I expected much more from it. It could probably be developed into a good period TV mini-series.
The book presents a parade of characters that will both delight and dismay the reader, as the characters confront and attempt to work through the situation with which they have been confronted. The question is whether blood is thicker than water? Read this well-written and enjoyable book to find out. Those who enjoy period dramas are sure to love it.