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The New Countess by Fay Weldon

The New Countess

Part of the Love and Inheritance Series
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November 2013 Book of the Month.

Sadly the final instalment of the upstairs/downstairs romp in Dilbert Court, Hampshire. I say sadly only because there are no more to look forward to. It’s 1905 and Edward VII wishes to spend a shooting weekend in the country. Dilbert Court must be spruced up. That is the underlying theme that runs throughout this wonderful tale of scandal, infidelity, misunderstandings and even kidnapping. If you are a Downton Abbey fan this trilogy is an absolute must. Do start at the beginning and learn to love the characters. It ends with a surprising twist at the Royal shooting party and getting there is the most enormous fun. Highly recommended.

The Love & Inheritance series:

1. The Habits of the House

2. Long Live the King

3. The New Countess

If you like Fay Weldon you might also like to read books by Sebastian Faulks, Zoe Heller and Jeanette Winterson.

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The New Countess by Fay Weldon

The year is 1905 and King Edward VII has invited himself and his mistress to a shooting weekend with the Dilbernes. Now Isobel, the Countess, must turn a run-down mansion into a palace fit for a king. Just as well the family fortunes have been restored, but money can't solve everything...not even a kidnapping.The servants refuse to condone the King's morals; Isobel's daughter, Lady Rosina - now widowed and wealthy - insists on publishing a scandalous book, and the mis-spent pasts of Viscount Arthur and his Irish-American wife Minnie rear up to blacken the family name. When fate deals a hand in the middle of the shooting party, Isobel must consider not only her leading position in Society, but her entire future.Fay Weldon brings an aristocratic Edwardian household to fabulous, vibrant life in this gorgeously witty tale of manners and morals, commoners and countesses, from one of Britain's best loved authors.


'Weldon at her most spellbinding.'

'A splendidly fun romp'
The Times

'Hugely enjoyable

About the Author

Fay Weldon

Fay Weldon is one of Britain's best loved and most respected authors. Novelist, playwright and screenwriter Fay Weldon was born on 22 September 1931. She was brought up in New Zealand and returned to the United Kingdom when she was ten. She read Economics and Psychology at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, and worked briefly for the Foreign Office in London, then as a journalist, before beginning a successful career as an advertising copywriter. She gave up her career in advertising, and began to write full-time. Her first novel, The Fat Woman's Joke, was published in 1967. Fay Weldon is a former member of both the Arts Council literary panel and the film and video panel of Greater London Arts. She was Chair of the Judges for the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1983, and received an honorary doctorate from the University of St Andrews in 1990. She was awarded a CBE in 2001. She lives in Dorset with her husband, the poet Nick Fox.

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Fellow novelist SOPHIE KING on FAY WELDON

Fay Weldon got me through my teenage years and my twenties. I don't know what I would have done without her naughty, feisty heroines. I normally prefer the close third person narrative but her authorial voice is so wicked that it has a delicious character in its own right.

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7th November 2013


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