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The New Countess - A Novel

Fay Weldon

From the award-winning novelist and writer of Upstairs Downstairs, the third book in a brilliant trilogy about what life was really like for masters and servants before the world of Downton Abbey. England, 1903. Lord Robert and Lady Isobel Dilberne and the entire grand estate, with its hundred rooms, is 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.

From the award-winning novelist and writer of Upstairs Downstairs, the third book in a brilliant trilogy about what life was really like for masters and servants before the world of Downton Abbey. England, 1903. Lord Robert and Lady Isobel Dilberne and the entire grand estate, with its hundred rooms, is 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.
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From the award-winning novelist and writer of Upstairs Downstairs, the third book in a brilliant trilogy about what life was really like for masters and servants before the world of Downton Abbey. England, 1903. Lord Robert and Lady Isobel Dilberne and the entire grand estate, with its hundred rooms, is 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Katherine Kellgren

Length:

8h 28m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:40


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

11:36


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

14:31


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

22:05


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

20:19


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

10:39


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

17:02


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

16:11


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

13:24


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

12:55


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

13:44


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

14:46


Part 1, Chapter 12
Part 1, Chapter 12

17:06


Part 1, Chapter 13
Part 1, Chapter 13

07:55


Part 1, Chapter 14
Part 1, Chapter 14

10:12


Part 1, Chapter 15
Part 1, Chapter 15

12:49


Part 1, Chapter 16
Part 1, Chapter 16

12:28


Part 1, Chapter 17
Part 1, Chapter 17

11:13


Part 1, Chapter 18
Part 1, Chapter 18

03:52


Part 1, Chapter 19
Part 1, Chapter 19

14:05


Part 1, Chapter 20
Part 1, Chapter 20

05:39


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

10:45


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

06:20


Part 2, Chapter 23
Part 2, Chapter 23

05:50


Part 2, Chapter 24
Part 2, Chapter 24

18:54


Part 2, Chapter 25
Part 2, Chapter 25

09:53


Part 2, Chapter 26
Part 2, Chapter 26

10:50


Part 3, Chapter 27
Part 3, Chapter 27

19:58


Part 3, Chapter 28
Part 3, Chapter 28

14:13


Part 3, Chapter 29
Part 3, Chapter 29

12:44


Part 3, Chapter 30
Part 3, Chapter 30

20:26


Part 3, Chapter 31
Part 3, Chapter 31

20:20


Part 3, Chapter 32
Part 3, Chapter 32

13:59


Part 3, Chapter 33
Part 3, Chapter 33

11:56


Part 4, Chapter 34
Part 4, Chapter 34

21:49


Part 4, Chapter 35
Part 4, Chapter 35

15:42


Part 4, Chapter 36
Part 4, Chapter 36

17:11


Part 4, Chapter 37
Part 4, Chapter 37

08:45


Part 4, Chapter 38
Part 4, Chapter 38

04:26


Part 4, Chapter 39
Part 4, Chapter 39

00:56