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Edith Lavery, the pretty daughter of an accountant, meets gossip-column favorite Charles Broughton (Earl of Broughton and heir to the Marquess of Uckfield) at Ascot. When he proposes and she accepts, does she really love him, or is she merely dazzled by his title and money?In a tale that mixes contemporary Jane Austen with the brilliant social commentary of Gosford Park, Julian Fellowes chronicles Edith's rise and fall with twists and turns aplenty. Through the eyes of his narrator, a journeyman actor who manages to negotiate the choppy waters of snobbery and excess as he moves between the upper and middle classes, in Snobs Fellowes gives us a delicious comedy of manners to rival Oscar Wilde at his wittiest.
©2004 Julian Fellowes; (P)2005 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
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Critic Reviews

"Mr. Fellowes knows his turf well." (Dominick Dunne)
"Provocative, titillating, and seductive." (The Spectator)
"Sparklingly rompish....As long as this world does still exist, Fellowes is a delectable guide to its absurdities." (Sunday Times [London])
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By erntmnt on 01-12-16

Entertaining perspective on privilege from one who knows the subject matter

Fellowes paints a truly modern landscape of the yearning for status and approval in English society At times his narrator displays a maddening detachment from the troubles surrounding people who wrestle with their inner demons. But, in spite of one's discomfort at the story's straying toward the unfortunate - and cruel - means by which social and romantic agendas are put forth, the story fulfills the listeners needs to eavesdrop onto a scene that is outside most people's usual daily orbit. Snobs has its share of laughs, mostly due to Fellowe's deft reckoning of how time shapes and changes the physical and emotional meanings of heartache and love.

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