Snobs/Past Imperfect Omnibus Paperback – Nov 1 2011
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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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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 to...you 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."