Snobs (Compact Disc)
A Times (London) bestseller from the author of Gosford Park
Edith Lavery, the pretty daughter of an accountant, meets gossip-column favorite Charles Broughton (Earl of Broughton and heir to the Marquess of Uckfield) at Ascot. When he proposes and she accepts, does she really love him, or is she merely dazzled by his title and money?
In a tale that mixes contemporary Jane Austen with the brilliant social commentary of Gosford Park, Julian Fellowes chronicles Edith’s rise and fall with twists and turns aplenty. Through the eyes of his narrator, a journeyman actor who manages to negotiate the choppy waters of snobbery and excess as he moves between the upper and middle classes, in SNOBS Fellowes gives us a delicious comedy of manners to rival Oscar Wilde at his wittiest.
About the Author
JULIAN FELLOWES won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in his movie screenwriting debut for Robert Altman's Gosford Park. His new version of Vanity Fair with Reese Witherspoon is scheduled for release in 2004, and he is writing the book for a stage production of Mary Poppins, to be produced by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh. He and his wife, Emma, a lady-in-waiting to HRH Princess Michael of Kent, divide their time between London and their country house in Dorset. This is his first novel.
"Snobs is everything you would hope for from the writer of 'Gosford Park.' A delicious thoroughbred delight, a guilty treat that is awake to every maddening and appallingly attractive nuance of English social life. The novel somehow contrives to be moral without being preachy or losing for a minute its gracefully shameless delight in the well bred and their satellites. A kind of Louis Auchincloss for our times, Julian Fellowes has written a book that is destined to grace all the bedside tables of all the better houses in the land."
-Stephen Fry, author of Revenge and The Liar