Habits of the House

By Fay Weldon; Katherine Kellgren (Read by)
(MacMillan Audio, Compact Disc, 9781427228918, 7pp.)

Publication Date: January 15, 2013

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From the award-winning novelist and writer of "Upstairs Downstairs, " the launch of a brilliant new trilogy about what life was really like for masters and servants before the world of "Downton Abbey"
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As the Season of 1899 comes to an end, the world is poised on the brink of profound, irrevocable change. The Earl of Dilberne is facing serious financial concerns. The ripple effects spread to everyone in the household: Lord Robert, who has gambled unwisely on the stock market and seeks a place in the Cabinet; his unmarried children, Arthur, who keeps a courtesan, and Rosina, who keeps a parrot in her bedroom; Lord Robert's wife Isobel, who orders the affairs of the household in Belgrave Square; and Grace, the lady's maid who orders the life of her mistress.

Lord Robert can see no financial relief to an already mortgaged estate, and, though the Season is over, his thoughts turn to securing a suitable wife (and dowry) for his son. The arrival on the London scene of Minnie, a beautiful Chicago heiress with a reputation to mend, seems the answer to all their prayers.

As the writer of the pilot episode of the original "Upstairs, Downstairs"--Fay Weldon brings a deserved reputation for magnificent storytelling. With wit and sympathy--and no small measure of mischief--"Habits of the House" plots the interplay of restraint and desire, manners and morals, reason and instinct.




About the Author
A novelist, playwright and essayist, Fay Weldon is best known for her novels The Life and Loves of a She-Devil, Praxis, and Worst Fears. She received an honorary doctorate from the University of St. Andrews in 1990, and was awarded a CBE from the Queen in 2001. In 2006, Weldon was appointed Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University in West London. She lives in Dorset with her husband, the poet Nick Fox.

Katherine Kellgren has recorded over two hundred audiobooks and is a multiple Audie Award winner, including two for Best Solo Narration Female. She has also won numerous "AudioFile" Earphones Awards and "Publishers Weekly" Listen-Up Awards. Katherine is a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and lives in New York.
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