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First-time novelist Julian Fellowes, who wrote the screenplay for Gosford Park, here shines his literary light on the quirky, exasperating, yet enchanting world of the English aristocracy and the subtle distinctions that set its denizens apart from the lesser mortals of the mere upper middle class.
Snobs is narrated by a young, vaguely struggling actor who was born into the world of stately manors and bumbling, idiosyncratic peers. At Ascot, he introduces his beautiful but more common friend Edith to Charles, current Earl Broughton and heir to the Marquess of Uckfield. Charles falls in love, and while Edith does not, she cannot quite render herself impervious to the attractions of becoming a countess and leaving her job as a clerk. So, they marry. Inexorably, Edith discovers that the charms of big houses and myriad social privileges don't always bring happiness. And when a company of actors -- led by the handsome but vacuous Simon -- arrives to shoot some footage at Broughton Hall, Edith grabs at the chance to live a more exciting life.
Fellowes evokes the spirit of Evelyn Waugh and other Bright Young Things in this clever, relentlessly funny send-up of the delicately stratified milieu of the English nobility -- a carefully cloistered and oddly captivating world. (Spring 2005 Selection)