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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 is a writer, actor, director, producer and TV presenter. His acting credits include the role of Lord Kilwillie in MONARCH OF THE GLEN, as well as film roles in SHADOWLANDS, DAMAGE and TOMORROW NEVER DIES. His TV writing credits include the immensely successful DOWNTON ABBEY, and BAFTA nominated THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER, which he also produced. His first cinema screenplay, GOSFORD PARK, won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. He also wrote the screenplay for THE YOUNG VICTORIA. His debut as a director, SEPARATE LIES, was released to acclaim in 2006. 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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Very good impression of life for the young aristocratic and very ... July 27 2014
By Helen Parsons - Published on
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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.
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.
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.