The year is 1905 and King Edward VII has invited himself and his
mistress to a shooting weekend with the Dilbernes. Now Isobel, the
Countess, must turn a run-down mansion into a palace fit for a
king. Just as well the family fortunes have been restored, but
money can't solve everything... not even a kidnapping. The servants
refuse to condone the King's morals; Isobel's daughter, Lady Rosina
- now widowed and wealthy - insists on publishing a scandalous
book, and the mis-spent pasts of Viscount Arthur and his
Irish-American wife Minnie rear up to blacken the family name. When
fate deals a hand in the middle of the shooting party, Isobel must
consider not only her leading position in Society, but her entire
future. Fay Weldon brings an aristocratic Edwardian household to
fabulous, vibrant life in this gorgeously witty tale of manners and
morals, commoners and countesses, from one of Britain's best loved
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