The Shooting Party
Isabel Colegate, Julian Fellowes
‘Threads of romance, social comment, country lore and intrigue both above and below stairs are cunningly worked together to create a brilliant tapestry’ Sunday Telegraph
It is 1913 – a breath away from the Great War – and Edwardian England is about to vanish into history. An assorted group of men and women gather at Sir Randolph Nettleby’s estate for a shooting party. Opulent, adulterous, moving assuredly through the rituals of eating and slaughter, they are an era’s dazzlingly obtuse and brilliantly decorative finale.
A quiet, elegant meditation on class frustration and the transience of human concern, The Shooting Party is also the inspiration behind one of the great landmarks of popular culture – Downtown Abbey.
Threads of romance, social comment, country lore and intrigue both above and below stairs are cunningly worked together to create a brilliant tapestry... I have seldom enjoyed a book so much * Sunday Telegraph * Colegate has found a perfect metaphor for the passing of a way of life * Spectator * A modern classic * The Times * A minor masterpiece * Daily Mail *
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