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The New Countess

By Fay Weldon

England, 1905. Lord Robert and Lady Isobel Dilberne, as well as their entire regal estate, with its hundred rooms, are busy planning for a lavish visit from King Edward VII and his mistress just a few months away. Preparations are elaborate and exhaustive: the menus and fashions must be just so. But even amidst the excitement, not everyone is happy.

Lady Rosina—now widowed and wealthy— insists on publishing a scandalous book despite her mother’s objections. Arthur Dilberne and Chicago Heiress Minnie O’Brien’s two young sons—the eldest of whom is heir to the estate—are being reared to Lady Isobel's tastes, not Minnie's. After making a shocking discovery, Minnie will take drastic measures for the sake of her children. And when fate deals a hand in the middle of the royal shooting party, the entire Dilberne estate will face upheaval once again.  

The New Countess is the final novel in Fay Weldon's outstanding trilogy that began with Habits of the House and Long Live the King. As the bestselling novelist and award-winning writer for the pilot episode of the original Upstairs Downstairs, Weldon magnificently lifts the curtain on early twentieth-century British society, upstairs and downstairs, under one stately roof.


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Format: Book
Author: Weldon, Fay
Summary: "England, 1903. Lord Robert and Lady Isobel Dilberne and the entire grand estate, with its hundred rooms, are busy planning for a visit from Edward VII and Queen Alexandra just a few months a way. Preparations are elaborate and exhaustive: the menus and fashions must be just so, and so must James, the new heir and son of Arthur Dilberne and Chicago heiress, Minnie O'Brien. But there are problems. Little James is being reared to Lady Isobel's tastes, not Minnie's. And Mrs. O'Brien is visiting from America and causing trouble. Meanwhile, the Dilbernes' niece, Adela, is back and stirring up hysteria in the servants' hall by claiming the house is cursed. The royal visit is imperiled, but so are the Dilberne finances once more. His Lordship is under tremendous stress, and the pecking order will soon be upset as everything at Dilberne Court changes. The New Countess is the final novel in Fay Weldon's exciting trilogy that began with Habits of the House and Long Live the King. The bestselling novelist and award-winning writer of the pilot episode of the original Upstairs Downstairs lifts the curtain on British society, upstairs and downstairs, under one roof"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: The new countess / Fay Weldon
Publisher Date: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013.
Subject: Upper class -- England -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction. Household employees -- England -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction. England -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Fiction.
Isbn: 9781250028020 (hardback) 1250028027 (hardback)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 4
System Items Total: 5
Call Number: F Weldon
Oclc: 857370271
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Bib Id: 478976

Format: Book
Author: Weldon, Fay, author.
Summary: "England, 1903. Lord Robert and Lady Isobel Dilberne and the entire grand estate, with its hundred rooms, are busy planning for a visit from Edward VII and Queen Alexandra just a few months a way. Preparations are elaborate and exhaustive: the menus and fashions must be just so, and so must James, the new heir and son of Arthur Dilberne and Chicago heiress, Minnie O'Brien. But there are problems. Little James is being reared to Lady Isobel's tastes, not Minnie's. And Mrs. O'Brien is visiting from America and causing trouble. Meanwhile, the Dilbernes' niece, Adela, is back and stirring up hysteria in the servants' hall by claiming the house is cursed. The royal visit is imperiled, but so are the Dilberne finances once more. His Lordship is under tremendous stress, and the pecking order will soon be upset as everything at Dilberne Court changes. The New Countess is the final novel in Fay Weldon's exciting trilogy that began with Habits of the House and Long Live the King. The bestselling novelist and award-winning writer of the pilot episode of the original Upstairs Downstairs lifts the curtain on British society, upstairs and downstairs, under one roof"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: The new countess / Fay Weldon
Edition: First U.S. Edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013.
Description: 327 pages ; 25 cm.
Series: Love & inheritance ; 3
Series: Weldon, Fay. Love & inheritance ; 3.
Subjects: Upper class -- England -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction.
Subjects: Household employees -- England -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction.
Subjects: England -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Fiction.
LCCN: 2013031154
ISBN: 9781250028020 (hardback)
ISBN: 1250028027 (hardback)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 4
Total Copies: 5
Call Number: F Weldon