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
As the Season of 1899 comes to an end, 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 Square; and Grace, the lady's
maid who orders the life of her mistress.
Lord 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 prayers.
As 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
St Martin's Press
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