FROM THE CREATOR OF DOWNTON ABBEY and THE GILDED AGE
'A modern classic that will fill any Downton-shaped hole' Daily Express
It is the evening of 15 June 1815, and the Duchess of Richmond has thrown a magnificent ball in Brussels for the Duke of Wellington. The guests include James and Anne Trenchard - who have made their money in trade - along with their beautiful daughter Sophia.
When the Trenchards move into the fashionable new area of Belgravia some twenty-five years later, they are surrounded by some of London society's most influential families. But something happened that night of the ball, so long ago, that threatens their new status.
Because behind Belgravia's magnificent doors is a world of secrets, gossip and intrigue.
'Stunning' Mail on Sunday
'Written with brio, the novel races along with all the page-turning suspense of a thriller' Woman & Home
'A jolly romp about Fellowes's favourite subject, class' Sunday Times
'Immersive and intriguing' Stylist
Fellowes, the creator of the hit TV series Downton Abbey, develops another rich cast of (mostly rich) characters, this time set in 19th-century London. Introducing the cast at a fancy ball on the day of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, the story quickly moves to the 1840s, when fate brings them together again in all sorts of class-conscious episodes as varied, complex, and addictive as Fellowes's other period drama. Actor Stevenson is superb as narrator and as each and every one of the characters is given special treatment. Her British accent is entirely appropriate and perfectly clear to American listeners. She artfully distinguishes upper-, middle-, and lower-class men and women, providing each with telling vocal characteristics and tone. Together Fellowes and Stevenson hook readers from the start. A Grand Central hardcover.