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Habits of the House ❴Epub❵ ➝ Habits of the House Author Fay Weldon – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk From the award winning novelist and writer of Upstairs Downstairs the launch of a brilliant new trilogy about what life was really like for masters and servants before the world of Downton Abbey As th From the award winning novelist and writer of Upstairs Downstairs the launch of a brilliant new trilogy about what life was really like for masters and servants before the world of Downton Abbey As the Season of comes to an end Habits of eBook ¿ the world is poised on the brink of profound irrevocable change The Earl of Dilberne is facing serious financial concerns The ripple effects spread to everyone in the household Lord Robert who has gambled unwisely on the stock market and seeks a place in the Cabinet; his unmarried children Arthur who keeps a courtesan and Rosina who keeps a parrot in her bedroom; Lord Robert's wife Isobel who orders the affairs of the household in Belgrave Suare; and Grace the lady's maid who orders the life of her mistressLord Robert can see no financial relief to an already mortgaged estate and though the Season is over his thoughts turn to securing a suitable wife and dowry for his son The arrival on the London scene of Minnie a beautiful Chicago heiress with a reputation to mend seems the answer to all their prayersAs the writer of the pilot episode of the original Upstairs Downstairs—Fay Weldon brings a deserved reputation for magnificent storytelling With wit and sympathy—and no small measure of mischief— Habits of the House plots the interplay of restraint and desire manners and morals reason and instinct.

  • ebook
  • 320 pages
  • Habits of the House
  • Fay Weldon
  • English
  • 02 December 2016
  • 9781250026637

About the Author: Fay Weldon

Fay Weldon CBE is an English author essayist and playwright whose work has been associated with feminism In her fiction Weldon typically portrays contemporary women who find themselves trapped in oppressive situations caused by the patriarchal structure of British societyhttpenwikipediaorgwikiFayWeldon.

10 thoughts on “Habits of the House

  1. Paula Cappa Paula Cappa says:

    Expecting Downton Abbey at 17 Belgrave Suare is not a reality in Habits of the House I'm probably one of the few that cannot give this book a good rating Fay Weldon is certainly an accomplished writer; she's written some twenty successful books and is to be admired for her talents But the comparison to Downton Abbey is completely exaggerated and misguided for Downton fans We love Downton because of the luster of the intimate characters the sweeping romances and the immediacy of the twists and turns of their lives And we grew to love them faults and all In Habits of the House the characters are like black and white portraits on a wall and pretty much unlikeable Lady Rosina is practically a caricature of arrogance I found Arthur to be so self absorbed and obnoxious I really didn't care if he married or not which is the thrust of the story Isobel and Robert? Dull as dust and nothing near the endearing elegance and sensitivity of Cora and Robert Grantham at Downton And the downstairs people thin as the paper in the book I grant you the medium is different TV vs novel But here's where the story also fails for me Weldon's prose seemed terribly wooden Her flat style of telling us what happened rather than showing us live on the page limited the narrative and created a cold distance This story will NEVER come close to the uality of Downton Abbey

  2. Misfit Misfit says:

    London 1899 The Earl of Dilbert finds himself in a huge financial pickle and the only way out is to get his son Arthur married to a wealthy heiress ASAP There not being any available prospects on their side of the pond they reel in Minnie O'Brien daughter of a wealthy Chicago meat packer Minnie's got a few skeletons in her closet and her reputation is so badly damaged in America she's come to England to buy herself better prospects Oh and Minnie's mother has a few skeletons of her own it's a doozy but then so does Arthur he's keeping a mistress on the side and he'd rather marry the mistress and not the heiressConfused? Don't worry this one is so filled with fluff and air you'll breeze through it in no time Large font generous spacing and extremely short chapters make these pages fly by and if the next two in this trilogy are like this I'd guess they could have been packed into one largish volume instead of the three being published But then that cuts into salesI am not familiar with this author but according to the blurb she's written uite a few other books along with being a playwright and screenwriter I smell a mini series coming off of this My guess and it's only a guess is that this isn't one of those novels that's been banging around in the author's head begging to be put to pen and paper instead perhaps the publishers noticed how popular Downton Abbey is and sought out Weldon with a planned trilogy? Hmmm? While not a bad book by any means this one was just too light and airy and filled with empty headed shallow self serving characters There wasn't one to root for anywhere not even Isobel's long suffering maid Grace Still I suspect this trilogy will be a huge hit for those looking for a Downton Abbey fix

  3. Shawn Thrasher Shawn Thrasher says:

    Is this trash? Probably so I can't think of much redeeming value here It will most likely slip through my brain like water through a sieve leaving not much behind But it was an incredibly enjoyable few hours of reading and that says something Hurray for trashJudith Krantz and John Jakes and Jackie Collins visit Downton Abbey; Habits of the House is injected with historical sex and scandal As a novel Habits of the House is simply written with short punchy sentences The characters are like little prizes in the Christmas cake; as you eat your way through the deliciousness you keep finding new characters to read about No one is uite despicable enough to hate or uite likable enough to sympathize with Everyone is a hero and everyone is sort of a douchebag The descriptions of clothes and parties and food and the lives of servants are terrifically fun The Prince of Wales is a bloated lecherous pig who controls every bit of society which is probably how it really was both despised and courted like all princes Weldon adds historical touches and figures as sort of icing to add some credibility to the story as all good historical fiction writers do I'm sure you've read historical fiction where the cardboard characters march out onto the page one after the other Weldon however doesn't do this to us Weldon adds enough flavor and verve vim and vigor to make this a really rollicking romp

  4. Rebecca Huston Rebecca Huston says:

    I hated this book from beginning to end Story of an earl and his family fallen on hard times when they loose everything on a bad investment Now they need to marry the son off to a rich heiress as soon as possible Enter Minnie a young heiress who isn't at all innocent and with manners that shock London society Then there's the servants all backbiting and scarcely loyal to anyone Riddled with anachronisms and bad writing I found this to be a dreadful novel and by the end I wanted to throw it through the wall I can't believe this author is well acclaimed this is like a parody than anything else and comes across as a blatant rip off of Downton Abbey Not recommended at all and I am certainly not going to read the two seuels For the longer review please go here

  5. Laurie Laurie says:

    Ever since reading and watching the TV series ‘The Forsyte Saga’ in my teens I’ve had a passion for late VictorianEdwardian British stories I was very excited to receive a copy of ‘Habits of the House’ set in 1899 The story revolves around the household of the Earl of Dilberne He himself is deeply in debt from both business ventures gone badly and from trying to keep up with his friend the spendthrift Price of Wales; his wife Isobel daughter of a tradesman who brought money to the marriage spends on clothing and dinners His daughter Rosina spends her time going to lectures of the leftist kind and despises the moneyed class while enjoying the advantages it offers His son and heir Arthur cares nothing for business or politics freely spending on clothing his mistress and his steam powered automobiles When the latest venture a gold mine in Africa is taken and flooded by the Boers bankruptcy looms The earl and his lady’s reaction to this is that their children in their 20s must marry for money Everyone has their own opinion on how this should be accomplished including the staff of servants who have a surprising influence on the lives of their employers What follows is a tangled web of greed bigotry and lies There are no blameless characters here but neither are there any monsters These are all just flawed human beings most of whom are fairly decent at heart They are muddling through their lives regretting their pasts and trying to puzzle out what kind of future the want These are not particularly deep characters; they are rather sketchy I enjoyed the book Despite the unusual layout – a lot of very short chapters each devoted to a character’s actions in a short period of time sometimes as little as an hour it reads fast The entire book takes place over the span of a little less than two months but the first 86 pages is devoted to a single day At the beginning I did have trouble at times figuring out which character was which There is enough description to set the reader firmly in the era Standing outside of the time the author skewers the manners and prejudices of the time Is it great literature? No Is it good enough that I’ll be seeking out the next two volumes? Yes

  6. Brenda Clough Brenda Clough says:

    If I may use writer terminology A great uite vast deal of telling in this book and not a lot of showing Many conversations are the author telling us what Rosina said rather than letting Rosina come on stage and say it This creates a distancing effect which is uncongenial As a result it is difficult to care about the characters Nor does it help that there is not a great deal of action; the pace can best be described as glacial All the action that does occur is of the most uotidian I long for alien bombardment with death rays or camo clad commandos attacking the breakfast room with AKs and flamethrowers or a character from Charles Dickens to come barging in being colorful and stealing the sterling silver epergne off the dining table If you are new to the author this is not the book to start on This feels like it was written very fast possibly under deadline A first draft sent to press too soon? A trunk novel resurrected? In any case the time is out of joint with this work

  7. MaryannC. Book Freak MaryannC. Book Freak says:

    I liked this tremendously I can understand the mixed reviews on this being on the coat tails of Downtown Abbey but afterall Fay Weldon was one of the frontrunners to help write the pilot for Upstairs Downstairs Anyhow I enjoyed the author's wit and the social snobbery of this story I didnt take it seriously it was just a fun look into the lives and dilemnas of the rich

  8. Roger Pettit Roger Pettit says:

    A sticker attached to the dust jacket of this novel states If you liked Downton Abbey you'll love this Well not in my case I fear I love the TV drama but Habits of the House is a very disappointing novel It is facile and undemanding and nothing like what I was expecting given the reputation of its author Fay Weldon for writing intelligent fiction of a feminist nature Indeed the writing style is sometimes so dull and plodding the characterisation is so stereotypical and simplistic and the plot is so mundane that uite frankly I have my doubts that Fay Weldon actually wrote the book herselfThe story is set in London in the last few months of 1899 This is a time of strife in South Africa the beginnings of social upheaval in England and of a shortage of money generally as the world economy deteriorates All of these issues are to the fore in this Upstairs Downstairs type story of love politics and finance amongst the upper classes of the time Robert the Earl of Dilberne is a politician and gambler When the investments on which his family are heavily dependent for their wealth begin to fail because of the political situation in South Africa his wife Lady Isobel tries to marry off their son Arthur who is a Viscount to a wealthy Irish American heiress who is visiting London with her mother from their home in Chicago Arthur has a paid mistress in Mayfair Flora who unbeknown to him previously had a relationship with his father Added to this mix are Mr Baum a financier who advises Robert on his investments and to whom Robert owes a considerable amount of money; Rosina Arthur's independent and strong willed sister whose political views are very different from those of her father; and the Prince of Wales who is a freuent visitor to 17 Belgrave Suare the Dilberne home in London Habits of the House is essentially a comedy of manners The problem is it's not a very good one Stereotypes abound The English aristocracy are depicted as defensive prickly and insincere The wealthy Americans are portrayed as brash impertinent and in awe of England and its upper classes; and the servants are by and large loyal and dutiful The daughter of the house Rosina is a free spirit who doesn't play the game Where have we seen all this before? Well in the TV series Upstairs Downstairs and in many other films and novels about such people whose plots are set in much the same era It's all very unoriginal and unchallenging The writing is little better It's light and easy for the most part but it doesn't enthuse one to read further And it can be infelicitous in places Here is an example of that from page 280 She Rosina went to her wardrobe and looked through her clothes Why had she felt it so impossible to choose her own but that she must instead rely on someone else to do it? Perhaps because thus she had been making Grace responsible for her very looks? The plot itself is an inconseuential soufflé Absolutely nothing leaps off the page in a book that can best be summed up by the sentences that end the first paragraph on page 199 of the edition that I have just read Conversation remained a little stiff Dull dull dullThe sub editing of the book is sloppy particularly in the latter half There are numerous typos and other errors of that sort One of the most notable occurs in the sub heading to the chapter headed Rosina Challenges Her Mother on page 274 Most of the chapters in the book have sub headings that state the time and the day on which the action that is about to be described actually takes place In this instance 11 am Sunday 3rd December 1899 should read 11 pm Sunday 3rd December 1899 An error of that sort can confuse a reader who is being encouraged by sub headings to pay particular attention to the chronology of the events depicted And I lost count of the number of occasions in the story when the possessive apostrophe is positioned incorrectly in the case of a plural nounHabits of the House is apparently the first novel of a projected trilogy I don't think I shall bother with the subseuent books 410

  9. QNPoohBear QNPoohBear says:

    This story claims to be for fans of Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs but is hardly comparable It made me realize why I fell in love with Downton Abbey in the first place the well drawn characters that made me care for them Sadly this book is lacking in appealing characters They are all cardboard stock characters that embody every single bad cliche of the late Victorian era They are all selfish and unappealing At first I liked Rosina but she proved to be petty and just as fluff brained as the rest of the family I did like Minnie and I cared about what happened to her but she appears cold at times The characters are obsessed with s e x They think about it talk about it and do it all the time There's a shocking scene with Arthur Flora and another man The downstairs characters aren't fleshed out enough to care anything about They flit around in the background aside from Grace who appears as a minor character The story is told from first person limited jumping between the thoughts of each character not giving the reader time to come to know any of them well The plot is ridiculous and ends abruptly with a twist that didn't fit what had just happened in the previous chapter There are some inaccuracies the characters are referred to as gentry when they are actually aristocrats and I think there are some other mistakes not to mention the inaccurate characters I think Mrs O'Brien was supposed to be modeled after popular portrayals of Molly Brown but Americans were actually stuffy than their British counterparts Needless to say I just didn't enjoy this novel at all and won't be reading the other two in the series I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who claims to enjoy well written stories

  10. Diana Diana says:

    Book received from Goodreads Giveaways I have had this book for awhile now and I've tried to read it several times I found the audiobook at my library and decided to give it a chance I think it is much better listened to than read I gave it two stars due to how many times I've picked it up and had to put it down It is the first in a series but I don't believe I'll be readinglistening to the rest I will admit the parts focusing on the servants of the house are much interesting than the main family If you're missing Downton Abbey give it a shot

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