Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Past Imperfect by Julian Fellowes

“The Grand Duchess had been right to make her investment, even if things did not quite turn out as she had wished.”

If, like me, you are a dedicated fan of the goings on in Downton Abbey, anxiously awaiting every intrigue endured by Lady Mary and all the other Crawleys, then hold on to your hat. The writer behind that TV institution has delivered a delectable novel set looking back at the events of the London Social Season in the Sixties.

Outsider, Damian Baxter, is introduced to high society by the narrator, Damian is adored by the female set, out to break hearts and cause trouble. Now looking back with the benefit of age, the narrator discovers all was not as it appeared at the time, as he sets out on a quest for a dying Damian to quiz his past loves.

Fellowes effortlessly creates an attractive world that the reader revels in. The plot, while interesting, pales in comparison with the roll call of interesting characters.

5 out of 5 , not in front of the servants.

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