Julian Fellowes's Belgravia

Julian Fellowes's Belgravia

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by Julian Fellowes

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Julian Fellowes's Belgravia is the story of a secret. A secret that unravels behind the porticoed doors of London's grandest postcode. Set in the 1840s when the upper echelons of society began to rub shoulders with the emerging industrial nouveau riche, Belgravia is people by a rich cast of characters. But the story begins on the eve of the Battle of


Julian Fellowes's Belgravia is the story of a secret. A secret that unravels behind the porticoed doors of London's grandest postcode. Set in the 1840s when the upper echelons of society began to rub shoulders with the emerging industrial nouveau riche, Belgravia is people by a rich cast of characters. But the story begins on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. At the Duchess of Richmond's n0w legendary ball, one family's life will change forever.

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As Downton Abbey takes its final bows this spring, its creator is readying another juicy tale of the British classes, intriguingly in two formats: a page-turning novel to be released in July and a serialization launching in April that will arrive via app. The story opens in 1815, as events at the Duchess of Richmond's outsize ball change the fate of one family; most of the novel unfolds in the 1840s, when newly rich industrialists began mingling with the upper classes. Given the serialized structure, the plot will have the feel of the TV series, a form Fellowes seems rather to have mastered.
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"The plot has plenty of surprises... The dialogue is crisp... and there are a number of wonderful set pieces."—New York Times Book Review

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Grand Central Publishing
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6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

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.

Fellowes received the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for GOSFORD PARK (2002). His work was also honored by the Writer's 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 the upcoming three-part drama DOCTOR THORNE for ITV. Fellowes also 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 and SCHOOL OF ROCK - THE MUSICAL which opened on Broadway in December 2015, and is written and produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Fellowes has authored two novels: the international bestsellers SNOBS (2005) and PAST IMPERFECT (2008/2009).

Julian Fellowes became a life peer in 2010. He lives in Dorset and London with his wife, Emma.

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Julian Fellowes's Belgravia 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
An interesting post - Waterloo historical exploration of the lives of society and trades family's living in the newly created section of London known as Belgravia. While the characters take themselves a d their secrets quite deriously, the story is as light as a cream cake at tea. Enjoysble.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I throughly enjoy this novel, though I would have preferred just a bit more back story regarding Anne & James. I found it hard to put down even knowing from the beginning how it would end.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Brussels - June 1815 Sophie Trenchard, 18, is observing people preparing to head to war. Sophie and her parents have been invited to a ball at the home of the Duchess of Richmond. Sophie’s mother, Anne, is reminding her that as they are not socially as high as the Richmonds, she must not get her hopes up of attracting a wealthy, titled man. Sophie’s friend, Lord Bellasis, got them tickets for the ball. He is the nephew of the Duchess of Richmond. While she is quite taken with him, she fears that there could never be a future for them due to their class differences. Sophie’s father, Mr. James Trenchard, is a sharp businessman who has impressed the Duke of Wellington with his ability to acquire necessary supplies that are needed for the soldiers yet hard to find. James is an ambitious man set on breaking through the class barriers. The Duke and Duchess of Richmond are staying in Brussels as a cost-cutting measure and to show solidarity with the Duke of Wellington. It is soon learned that Napoleon has just escaped his exile at Elba. Soldiers and other men leave straight from the ball to enter the Battle of Waterloo. London - 1841 Anne Trenchard has arrived at the home of The Countess of Brockenhurst. James and Anne Trenchard are very wealthy and live in a lovely home in the beautiful area of Belgravia. However,there is still that class difference and Anne sees that often. While they live in a luxurious home, some in Society still look down on them. This story follows the Brockenhurst and Trenchard families and how they inevitably become intertwined. Secrets long hidden will soon come out when a young man called Charles Pope enters the scene. I absolutely loved this book. It is totally delightful and true to the time period. I highly recommend it especially for those readers who love Downton Abbey. You will be turning these pages becoming more and more enthralled.
caslyn 5 months ago
"On the eve of the Battle of Waterloo, 15th June 1815, when the Duchess of Richmond threw a magnificent ball in Brussels for the Duke of Wellington. Just before 1am, word came that Napoleon had unexpectedly crossed the border and Wellington and his troops had to leave immediately to prepare for war. Many of the officers died on the battlefield, still in their dress uniforms." (book jacket) Belgravia, by the creator of Downton Abbey, is a tale touching a myriad of human emotions and weaknesses. It's a slice of the world in the early to mid 19th century. As the story begins we meet "James and Anne Trenchard, who have made their money in trade. Their beautiful daughter Sophia has caught the eye of Edmund Bellasis, the son and heir of one of Britain’s most prominent families." (reviewer's note) The majority of our story takes place in the 1840's Edmund Bellasis had died in the Waterloo conflict and Sophie had died months later. --- Let me begin by saying...I did not read this as an episodic novel. My hardcover runs through the entire story. Yes, it had a certain predictability. There are the rich and those who provide services for them. But the story was engaging and moved at a sufficient pace. Fellowes did give me a good sense of place and the customs and formalities of the time; but, we also find the aristocrat now must interact with the "emerging industrial nouveau riche." The reader is privy to a secret that dictates the direction of the novel. I recommend it as a worthwhile historical fiction read with emphasis on the timeless foibles of human nature. 4★ Goodreads Giveaway
Anonymous 16 days ago
Really enjoyed the story. Gave glipses of life in Britain in the 1800s. The novel includes adultery, deceit, hard work, social climbing, death, loss of a daughter and a son, snobs, betrayal, and more. The book deserves an A++++
Anonymous 5 months ago
While I enjoyed the book, it was a bit hard to get in to. The characters were not easy to identify with in the beginning, but they grew on me.