Long Live the King by Fay Weldon

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Fans of “Downton Abbey” will relish this rich and witty comedy of manners.
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From the award-winning writer of the original Upstairs Downstairs—the second novel in an irresistible trilogy about an Earl's family and his servants at the turn of the twentieth century.
As 1901 comes to an end, there is much to be grateful for: The Dilberne fortune has been restored, and the grand Dilberne Court, with its one hundred rooms, has been saved. Lord Robert's son, Arthur, is happily married to Chicago heiress, Minnie, who is pregnant and trying to come to terms with her new role as lady of the manor, and her charming but controlling mother-in-law, Lady Isobel. As Lord Robert and Lady Isobel get caught up in the preparations of the coronation of Edward VII, they debate the future of their recently orphaned niece, Adela. Isobel and Minnie want to take her in; Robert and Arthur do not. While they argue, Adela runs away and joins a travelling group of spiritualists and has a life-saving run-in with the king.
With Long Live the King, Fay Weldon continues the magnificent trilogy that began with Habits of the House. As the award-winning writer for the pilot episode of the original Upstairs Downstairs, Weldon brings her deservedly famous wit and insight to this novel of love and desire, morals and manners.

 

About Fay Weldon

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Fay Weldon was born in England and raised in New Zealand. Her novels and short stories are bestsellers around the world. Her film and television work has been accorded great critical acclaim. She lives and works in London.
 
Published May 7, 2013 by St. Martin's Press. 351 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Apr 16 2013

Weldon plugs in historic figures like Lord Balfour and Lady Marlborough and some interesting bits of Edwardian social history and manners, but as a work of fiction, this entry is less than compelling.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jun 03 2013

Fans of the Victorian and Edwardian periods will appreciate the characters' noble mien and place in history.

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Star Tribune

Good
Reviewed by KATHERINE BAILEY on May 25 2013

Fans of “Downton Abbey” will relish this rich and witty comedy of manners.

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