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  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix (Nov. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780220235
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780220239
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 5.4 x 19.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 558 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #104,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A delicious thoroughbred delight, a guilty treat that is awake to every maddening and appallingly attractive nuance of English life―Stephen Fry

Very entertaining - think a more self-aware and sophisticated Jilly Cooper... the result is that rare thing - an intelligent and insightful blockbuster―GLOSS MAGAZINE

Poignant, funny, fascinating and moving, this clever and touching novel is surely the must-read book of the year―SUNDAY EXPRESS

A gloriously funny, bumpy ride through modern times―EVENING STANDARD

About the Author

Julian Fellowes, actor, writer, director, producer, was educated at Ampleforth, Magdalene College, Cambridge and Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. He trained in repertory theatre at Northampton and Harrogate. As an actor he is probably best known for his portrayal of the incorrigible Lord Kilwillie in the BBC's 'Monarch of the Glen', as well as film roles in 'Shadowlands' with Anthony Hopkins, 'Damage' with Jeremy Irons and 'Tomorrow Never Dies' with Pierce Brosnan.

As a writer for TV, he is responsible for the scripts of 'Little Lord Fauntleroy' (winner of an International EMMY, 1995) and 'The Prince and the Pauper' (nominated for a BAFTA, 1997), which he also produced. His first screenplay for the cinema was 'Gosford Park', directed by Robert Altman, which won a plethora of prizes, not least the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. He wrote the screenplay for the recent version of 'Vanity Fair', starring Reese Witherspoon, and 'The Young Victoria', currently in post-production. His debut as a Director, 'Separate Lies', starring Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson and Rupert Everett, was released to acclaim in 2006. He presented the BBC series, 'Most Mysterious Murders'. As well as his novel 'Snobs' (a UK and US bestseller), he has written a children's book published in 2006, and the book for the musical of 'Mary Poppins' for Cameron Mackintosh and Disney. Julian is married to Emma, nee Kitchener, and they have one son, Peregrine. Julian Fellowes became a life peer in 2010.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x992f7444) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
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HASH(0x9912cfcc) out of 5 stars Fellowes on Snobs Dec 27 2012
By Nancy Talbot Doty - Published on
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This is a two-novel volume by the creator of "Downton Abbey". Both stories are set in a post WWII era. When I began to read these books, I realized that I had read the second story, "Past Imperfect" previously. Sometimes this is a good idea. As a gobbling sort of reader, I charge through my new books in search of story-line and plot. A second reading gives one a chance to really appreciate characterization and style. I cannot describe my admiration on re-reading of Julian Fellowes familiarity with, and satirical style of recreating, the attitudes and biases of the British upper classes--the aristocracy and the upper middle-class strivers. His portrayal of the "Outs" trying to get in and of the "Ins" trying to keep them out is a literary delight. Bring us more, Julian!
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HASH(0x9980bc9c) out of 5 stars don't buy the omnibus version Jan. 6 2015
By Lori - Published on
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The first book, "Snobs", is boring and trite.

The second, "Past Imperfect", is wonderful. It's a bit over-long but has an excellent character as narrator (as opposed to "Snobs"), an intriguing plot with lots of interesting characters (as opposed to "Snobs"), and is driven by a mystery at its heart and a truly tragic figure (as opposed get it).

When I read "Snobs" I wondered if prose is not in Fellowes's wheelhouse. Turns out with the right story and narrator he can write a terrific novel, shallow fun and as compelling as "Gosford Park" and "Downton."
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HASH(0x9909a6cc) out of 5 stars Very good impression of life for the young aristocratic and very ... July 27 2014
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Very good impression of life for the young aristocratic and very upper middle Brits in 1968 and later, and the decline and fall of many of those families as the 20th Century moved closer and closer towards its end. He writes very well, as also demonstrated in his Screen play for Gosford Park and Downton Abbey. Ian McPhail.
HASH(0x9909a864) out of 5 stars great novels Sept. 10 2013
By Bruce C. Miller - Published on
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lord fellowes, the creator of 'downton abbey' (and 'gosford park') has written two terrific books about the british upper class from the 1960s to the present.
HASH(0x9909a75c) out of 5 stars Vintage Fellowes Feb. 3 2014
By Frankie ?Sue DelPapa - Published on
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Vintage Julian Fellowes. Very interesting and entertaining. He does have a way with words and one learns about customs of the era.

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