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Snobs: A Novel

Snobs: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Julian Fellowes
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"Like a visit of an English country estate: breezy, beautiful, and charming."
- "The""New York Times Book Review"
"[A] guilty pleasure of a novel [that] seems authentic down to the wallpaper and the Wellingtons. Hilarious sharp, entertaining, and unforgiving."
- Anna Quindlen ""Snobs," by Julian Fellowes, is an hilariously snobbish novel about hilariously snobbish people involved in a society scandal. Froth at its best. His writing is as stylish as his story. Mr. Fellowes knows his turf well."
- Dominick Dunne
"I couldn't put "Snobs" down: Who could resist a great story of a beautiful, ambitious girl on her climb to the turreted top of the castle-hopping set? As witty as he is smart, Julian Fellowes is the Oscar-winning, Oscar Wilde of the minute." - Plum Sykes
"Julian Fellowes's witty, wise depiction of the lives and lunacies of upper-class English life is just my cup of tea...."
- Jane Stanton Hitchcock
""Snobs" is everything you would hope for from the writer of "Gosford Park." A delicious thoroughbred delight, a guilty treat that is awake to every maddening and appallingly attractive nuance of English social life. The novel somehow contrives to be moral without being preachy or losing for a minute its gracefully shameless delight in the well bred and their satellites. A kind of Louis Auchincloss for our times, Julian Fellowes has written a book that is destined to grace all the bedside tables of all the better houses in the land."
- Stephen Fry
"This is the kind of book Edith Wharton would have written if she were around today."
- Arnold Scaasi
""Snobs" is an insightful, funny satire of English upper-crust country life in the tradition of Mitford or Waugh....The best chick-lit book of the season was written by a man."
- "The Globe and Mail"
"Sparklingly rompish...As long as this world does still exist, Fellowes is a delectable guide to its absurdities."
- "Sunday Times" (London)


'Astute and wonderfully witty, this is an interesting insight into the world of the upper classes.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 492 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix (17 Dec 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054ZBYVK
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,423 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 novels 'Snobs' and 'Past Imperfect' (UK and US bestsellers), 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.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and neatly plotted 17 May 2006
By Reptile
This book is set in an upper class milieu with which I am not familiar - and to be fair, wouldn't want to be. The author is not exactly a revolutionary! He sends the upper class characters up, but does so with affection. Something I particularly liked was the long passages of explanation interpolated into the dialogue. There is a first person narrator reminiscent of the narrator of A Dance to the Music of Time. That is fine, but the author also describes the heroine's sexual experiences with another character, which the narrator cannot possibly have witnessed. This jarred on me a bit. However, I am not saying that the descriptions were bad in themselves. In fact, they convey everything we need to know in relation to the personalities of those involved and the relationship between them, without being pornographic in any way. This is basically a comic novel, but the plot moves at a reasonable pace despite the long (and enjoyable) explanations, and the ending is a satisfying one. I would not say that this is a profound book, but it contains some intelligent observations on life. An enjoyable read, provided you are not left wing and like social comedy.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mockery from Within 14 May 2006
This not-quite-debut novel (Fellowes wrote several romance novels in the mid-'70s under the name Rebecca Greville, including "Poison Presented" and "Court in the Terror") ought to appeal to fans of his 2001 Oscar-winning script for the film Gosford Park. A straightforward satirical comedy of manners set among the upper classes of mid-'90s England and those who aspire to join them, the book is a frothy comic brew which skewers both parties with the kind of pitch-perfect subtle writing that it seems only the British can pull off. The story is quite simple, a pretty woman from an upper middle-class family whose mother has pretentions decides to ensnare a hugely wealthy and dull aristocratic man in order to "marry up" into the upper classes which still hold such a mystique and importance in British society. The man's mother, a formidable Marchioness aims to prevent this from occurring but fails. The young woman discovers that life at the top isn't as exciting as she anticipated and runs off with an handsome actor to great scandal. Will anyone find happiness at the end?

This is all more or less narrated by a semi-aristocratic actor (clearly very much like the author) who is able to move between all worlds due to his upbringing and career. He starts the book as a friend of the young woman and a very passing acquaintance of the young man, and ends up becoming a bridge between worlds and at the latter stages, a kind of discreet go-between. It is his penetrating sardonic insights and the witty formulations thereof which lend what substance there is to this otherwise straightforward love story. Much of the novel involves the narrator spelling out the unspoken rules of the game for the reader in deliciously mocking detail.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A delicious insight into the upper classes 18 April 2010
I like being taken somewhere in a book I wouldn't normally go and that's perhaps why I loved Snobs. It gave an intriguing insight into the upper classes. How they behave, why they do so, what motivates them. We're not talking about the slightly rich here but a world most of us will never inhabit. I devoured Snobs feeling like a fly on the wall, lapping up the details of privilege and wealth. While the leading lady's motives were not always likeable, I certainly understood her now and then. In its entirety Snobs was not just a story (and it was a decent story which moved at a good pace but it's not a hard-hitting drama, more of a study of people) but also about settling in life, about wanting different things and being a different person as the years pass. For this reason, it's one of the few books that made me think about it a few days after I finished it. And I think a few clever observations will stay with me for a long time. Recommended for sure. Perhaps not if you want a thrilling ride, but for a gentle, clever think about society, it's a winner.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What Really Matters 24 Feb 2009
This was an enjoyable easy read, although I agree with the reviewers who point out that the first person narrative jars with a great deal of what could only be third person description.
As for the rest - I have decided that I am utterly bored with the assumption that we should all deride the Upper Classes. I will never be party to their world, but what the heck -they are patriotic, have a respect for History and tradition, cannot be bought (Cash for Honours, anyone?) and as the book makes clear, husband the countryside as opposed to Genetically Modifying it - ergo, they have not been replaced by anything better.
I know Mr Fellowes' has an entrée and all that but it is surprising how much of the detail and characterisation could have been adapted from a thorough reading of the 1982 `Sloane Ranger Handbook.' Nevertheless, this is nicely written, highly absorbing and entertaining stuff. It also contains what now looks like a highly astute bit of forecasting with the character of the `U' New-Style Tory Tommy Wainwright - a rising Conservative MP stuck at the end of the Major years, Wainwright could be a projection of the currently resurgent Public School `Progressive' Tory.
Lady Uckfield, by the way, is a superb literary creation and her son Charles a moving portrayal of sheer goodness.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars DOWNTON YES / SNOBS ABSOLUTE NO
Published 11 days ago by B. M. Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gossipy Read
Fellowes seems to have issues with the British upper class and we should all be thankful for
that because he delivers an insiders view with humour and style.
Published 4 months ago by V.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brillient
I read another of this authors book and loved it (before downtown abbey) This didnt let me down just brilliant easy read
Published 6 months ago by adrienne
5.0 out of 5 stars Social climbers, beware!
This is a very funny, as well as a cautionary satire by Julian Fellowes. Extremely well-written, it charts the course of social climber Edith Lavery, who marries Charles, Earl... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. R. D. M. Kirby
5.0 out of 5 stars Great novel!
Julian Fellowes can do no wrong; another novel that has me enthralled. I downloaded on to my kindle and at £3.99 a fab buy. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Pauline
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle, easy read on a different world!
Thoroughly enjoyable read. Easy pace if predictable outcome. No huge surprises, probably most of us suspect this is a familiar storyline running through many great and noble... Read more
Published 7 months ago by ddgwacot
5.0 out of 5 stars Guide to Snobbery
Excellent! Lady Uckfield, what a trooper! This book is such a fun easy read, you just breeze through it and sadly it's all over too quickly.
Published 7 months ago by JWP
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
As always Julian Fellows comes up trumps, gives you a good insight into the lifestyle of the debs and their way of life, thank goodness it has gone.
Published 8 months ago by Miss L Pogodzinski
4.0 out of 5 stars Snobs by Julian Fellowes
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel . The easy fluency of the writer made it an effortless read and , with the author's personal background, offered an insight into a strata of... Read more
Published 8 months ago by N. M.
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother!
A dreadful book! I only moved beyond the first page because it was a Book Group choice. Interestingly, only one person out of 8 of us enjoyed it. Total tosh!
Published 9 months ago by KLP
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