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Snobs: A Novel
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A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER in hardback OVER 40,000 copies of hardback sold 'A cast of rackety aristos and aspiring toffs who might have slipped straight from the pages of a Jane Austen novel...it's spiky, Emma Woodhouse-style asides make Snobs irresistible' Mail on Sunday "Snobs is everything you would hope for from the writer of Gosford Park. A delicious thoroughbred delight, a guilty treat that is awake to every maddening and appallingly attractive nuance of English social life' Stephen Fry 'A wildly funny novel about aristocrats and social climbers... Not since Proust has a novelist worked s

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Julian Fellowes, actor, writer, director, producer, was educated at Ampleforth, Magdalene College, Cambridge and Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. He trained in repertory theatre at Northampton and Harrogate. He is probably best known for his portrayal of the incorrigible Lord Kilwillie in the BBC's "Monarch of the Glen". As a writer for TV, he is responsible for the scripts of "Little Lord Fauntleroy" (winner of an International EMMY, 1995) and "The Prince and the Pauper" (nominated for a BAFTA, 1997) which he also produced. His first screenplay for the cinema was "Gosford Park", directed by Robert Altman, which won a plethora of prizes, not least the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. He worked on the recent version of "Vanity Fair", starring Reese Witherspoon. He wrote the book for the musical of "Mary Poppins" for Cameron Mackintosh and Disney, currently at the Prince Edward Theatre in London. His debut as a Director, "Separate Lives," starring Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson and Rupert Everett, which he adapted from a Nigel Balchin novel, is due for release this year. He is currently working on , "H. R. Pufnstuf", for Sony Columbia and will later this year present the BBC series, "Most Mysterious Murders". As well as his novel "Snobs" (a UK and US bestseller ), he has a children's story coming in 2006. Julian is married to Emma, nee Kitchener, and they have one son, Peregrine.

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How do you get a novel published? Write a screenplay first. The Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Gosford Park takes on British snobbishness in this tale of modest Edith's marriage to the heir to the Marquess of Uckfield. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

'this splendidly entertaining novel.' GOOD HOUSEKEEPING 'it's the brittle, crystalline dialogue and the brilliant satire of the 21st century dinner-party set, that ensure the pages keep turning.' THE OBSERVER 'a modern comedy of manners. The plot includes a disapproving mother-in-law and some serious impediments to Edith's attempts at social climbing of epic proportions. This is a witty bestseller from Julian Fellowes, the Oscar-winning writer of the hit film Gosford park.' DAILY EXPRESS 'Astute and wonderfully witty, this is an interesting insight into the world of the upper classes.' COMPANY 'A wonderfully fresh novel that immerses the reader in a world most could never dream of entering. Julian Fellowes's wit and sharp observational skills brighten every page.' WATERSTONE'S BOOK QUARTERLY 'an entertaining read.' NEW BOOKS

Wodehouse gets a modern twist in this brilliantly acerbic tale of snobbery and marital tomfoolery in 1990s London. Our nameless protagonist, a jovial, perceptive sort of 30-something fellow hanging affably about the fringes of society, introduces his middle-class but sleek and beautiful friend Edith Lavery to the earnest but dull Lord Charles Broughton. Much to the dismay of "civilized" society, Charles falls in love and proposes to the social-climbing but largely indifferent Edith. Even after she is married, Edith is snubbed and humiliated at every turn (in the slyest, politest possible way, of course), until she moves out in a huff with her married lover, Simon Russell, an actor/ego-on-legs who is eating up the publicity that comes with being seen with a countess and eager for this entr?e into society (he doesn't realize Edith has been cast into the societal dung heap). To Edith's consternation, the glittering world of theater turns out to be just as small-minded and dull as that of society, with the added disadvantage of it not involving much money. Gossipy and dishy, this debut by the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Gosford Park is a merciless and hilarious sendup of snobbery and social jealousy, revealing the pettiness and self-absorption of both the envious and the envied. Agent, Cathy King at ICM (U.K.). (Feb. 10) Forecast: Fellowes's satire of the English class system, a bestseller in the U.K., translates well for American readers. Anglophiles in particular will be in Brit-hit heaven. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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