A reissue of the Sunday Times bestselling novel, from the award-winning creator of DOWNTON ABBEY and Oscar-winning writer of Gosford Park.
'Fellowes doesn't try to hide his love of the funny, sealed, above-stairs world of dukes, duchesses, marquesses, nursery maids, herbaceous borders and breakfast kedgeree, all of which makes SNOBS such a a good, fresh read' Daily Telegraph
Edith Lavery is a woman on the make. The attractive only child of a middle-class accountant, she leaves behind her dull job in a Chelsea estate agents and manages to bag one of the most eligible bachelors of the day - Charles Broughton, heir to the Marquess of Uckfield.
But is life amongst the upper echelons of 'good' society all that it seems? Edith soon discovers there's much more to the aristocracy than dancing in Anabel's, shooting small birds and understanding which fork to use at dinner. And then there is Charles's mother, the indomitable Lady Uckfield, or 'Googie' to her friends, who is none too pleased with her son's choice of breeding partner. With twists and turns aplenty, this is a comical tale worthy of a contemporary Jane Austen.
A wildly funny novel about aristocrats and social climbers. - Daily Telegraph
Snobs is everything you would hope for from the writer of Gosford Park. A treat that is awake to every maddening and appallingly attractive nuance of English social life.
A cast of rackety aristos and aspiring toffs who might have slipped straight from the pages of a Jane Austen novel; it's spiky, Emma Woodhouse-style asides make Snobs irresistible. - Mail on Sunday
Educated at Ampleforth and Magdalene College, Cambridge, Julian Fellowes is a multi-award-winning actor, writer, director and producer.
As creator, sole writer and executive producer of the hit television series DOWNTON ABBEY, Fellowes has won three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe. He received the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for GOSFORD PARK (2002). His work was also honoured by the Writers Guild of America, the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics for Best Screenplay.
Other writing credits for film include Piccadilly Jim (2004), Vanity Fair (2004), Young Victoria (2009), The Tourist (2010), Romeo & Juliet (2013) and Downton Abbey (2019), the four-part drama Titanic (2012), the three-part drama Doctor Thorne (2016), both for ITV, and the television adaptation of his own novel, BELGRAVIA (2020). He also wrote and directed the award-winning films Separate Lies and From Time to Time. Fellowes wrote the books for the Tony-nominated stage production of Mary Poppins, which opened in 2004; and for Half a Sixpence and School of Rock: The Musical which both opened in London's West End in November 2016.
Fellowes has authored three novels: the international bestsellers SNOBS (2005), PAST IMPERFECT (2008) and BELGRAVIA (2016), which was first published in serial form as a groundbreaking app.
Julian Fellowes became a life peer in 2011. He lives in Dorset and London with his wife, Emma.