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House of Trelawney

Fiction: General
Unabridged   13 hour(s)
Publication date: 02/11/2020

House of Trelawney

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684577798
Digital Download ISBN:9781684577781


From the author of The Improbability of Love: a dazzling novel both satirical and moving, about an eccentric, dysfunctional family of English aristocrats, and their crumbling stately home that reminds us how the lives and hopes of women can still be shaped by the ties of family and love.

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The seat of the Trelawney family for over 700 years, Trelawney Castle was once the jewel of the Cornish coast. Each successive Earl spent with abandon, turning the house and grounds into a sprawling, extravagant palimpsest of wings, turrets, and follies. But as the centuries passed the Earls of Trelawney, their ambition dulled by generations of pampered living, failed to develop other skills. Now in 2008 the house—its paintings and furniture sold off to pay death duties, its grounds diminished, the gardens choked with weeds—has begun to resemble its owners: faded, crumbling, and out-of-date.

Jane, the put-upon wife of the current Earl, Kitto, scraping a life for her children and in-laws in a few drafty rooms of the big house, is trapped by Trelawney Castle; while Blaze, Kitto's sister, has made a killing in the City—and a complete turkey of her personal life. Long-estranged, the two women are brought back together when a letter arrives; and soon after it, an unwelcome young guest. Grudgingly reunited, Blaze and Jane must band together to take charge of their new charge—and save the house of Trelawney.

With formidable sharpness, delicious irreverence, and a very wicked wit, House of Trelawney is a glorious send-up of recession Britain and its carnival of bastard bankers and down-at-heel toffs.


"James’ softly lilting voice and gentle cadence adds depth and strength to this slow-roiling tale. Her character voices are crisp enough to be distinguishable but do not take away from the rooted feeling of a single narrator winding us through the meandering rise and fall of the House of Trelawney.” ---Booklist

Author Bio

Hannah Rothschild is the author of The Improbability of Love and The Baroness: The Search for Nica, the Rebellious Rothschild. She is also a film director whose documentaries have appeared at such festivals as Telluride and Tribeca.