Shelf Control is a feature that I’ve picked up from Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and the graphic/picture is from there as well. This feature is all about celebrating the books that are already on one’s shelves, waiting to be read. So you write about what the book is all about, when you bought it, what made you buy it. Posts on this feature go up every Wednesday.
So the book I picked to kick off my participation in this feature is Snobs by Julian Fellowes.
Snobs is the story of Edith Lavery, the only child of a middle-class accountant, ‘an English blond with large eyes and nice manners’, who ‘bags’ one of the most eligible bachelors of the day, Charles, Earl Broughton, heir to the Marquess of Uckfield, thus entering the world of the aristocracy, a world very alien to her, and so very different from one that she’s been brought up in. On the other hand Charles’ family isn’t too thrilled with the match, be his mother ‘Googie’ who is convinced that all Edith wants is the title, or his brother-in-law Eric Chase (who happens to come from the same background as Edith). What does life among the aristocracy really turn out to be like? Does Edith manage to navigate her way successfully and “fit in” or does she find it too hard to handle, especially since the marriage turns out to be very different from what she (in fact, both she and Charles) expects?
Snobs is Fellowes’ first book published in 2004, and the edition I got is Phoenix Fiction, 2005 (not the cover in the picture above).
When and Where I bought this book: Last September; a second-hand copy from an online book shop.
Why I bought it: I’ve heard good things about this book, and the description sounded like fun. Plus Fellowes being the creator of Downton Abbey (something I really enjoyed) made me want to read it more.
Have you read this one? What did you think of it? Do let me know! (This feature will be back next week with another book.)