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Habits of the House
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FAY WELDON is a novelist, playwright, and screenwriter who, at the age of 16, lived in a grand London townhouse as the daughter of the housekeeper. In addition to winning a Writers' Guild Award for the pilot of Upstairs Downstairs, she is a Commander of the British Empire whose books include Praxis, shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction; The Heart of the Country, winner of the Los Angeles Times Fiction Prize; Worst Fears, shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award; and Wicked Women, which won the PEN/Macmillan Silver Pen Award. She lives in England.

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"Good fun from start to finish, thanks to breezy storytelling and witty social observations." --The Washington Post "Weldon brilliantly captuures the rituals above stairs and the gossip below stairs...Habits of the House is an absorbing and worthwhile read." --Star Tribune "Before there was Downton Abbey, there was Upstairs Downtstairs and, having written the first episode of that iconic television series, it is only fitting that Weldon now returns to the scene of the crime to further explore the disparate worlds of 'them that has and those what serve 'em.'" --Booklist "[Habits of the House] succeeds as an opening to a new series." --Publishers Weekly "An entertaining romp for Downton Abbey fans. . . . Weldon did the screenwriting for the first episode of Upstairs Downstairs so she has form in this arena." --The Guardian "I predict a happy success for the trilogy, in print and on the screen. Julian Fellowes must look to his laurels, and Downton Abbey may find itself running second to 17 Belgrave Square." --The Scotsman "My favorite part of the original series is the first episode because it was written by a great English novelist, Fay Weldon. Everybody was introduced so cleverly . . . so beautifully established." --Jean Marsh, co-creator of Upstairs, Downstairs "There is simply no touching Weldon as a writer." --The Observer (UK) "Fay Weldon has always examined the scary parts of what lies beneath the silk cushions and behind the closed gates." --The Chronicle of Higher Education "I was a girl from Downstairs. When I was 16, my bedroom was in the basement of a posh house in London, where my mother was the housekeeper. . . . Odd, this class business. Here's Upstairs Downstairs back again, Downton Abbey so popular." --Fay Weldon Good fun from start to finish, thanks to breezy storytelling and witty social observations. "The Washington Post" Weldon brilliantly captuures the rituals above stairs and the gossip below stairs..."Habits of the House "is an absorbing and worthwhile read. "Star Tribune" Before there was "Downton Abbey," there was "Upstairs Downtstairs" and, having written the first episode of that iconic television series, it is only fitting that Weldon now returns to the scene of the crime to further explore the disparate worlds of them that has and those what serve 'em.' "Booklist" ["Habits of the House"] succeeds as an opening to a new series. "Publishers Weekly" An entertaining romp for "Downton Abbey" fans. . . . Weldon did the screenwriting for the first episode of "Upstairs Downstairs" so she has form in this arena. "The Guardian" I predict a happy success for the trilogy, in print and on the screen. Julian Fellowes must look to his laurels, and Downton Abbey may find itself running second to 17 Belgrave Square. "The Scotsman" My favorite part of the original series is the first episode because it was written by a great English novelist, Fay Weldon. Everybody was introduced so cleverly . . . so beautifully established. "Jean Marsh, co-creator of Upstairs, Downstairs" There is simply no touching Weldon as a writer. "The Observer (UK)" Fay Weldon has always examined the scary parts of what lies beneath the silk cushions and behind the closed gates. "The Chronicle of Higher Education" I was a girl from Downstairs. When I was 16, my bedroom was in the basement of a posh house in London, where my mother was the housekeeper. . . . Odd, this class business. Here's "Upstairs Downstairs" back again, "Downton Abbey" so popular. "Fay Weldon"" "Good fun from start to finish, thanks to breezy storytelling and witty social observations." --"The Washington Post" "Weldon brilliantly captuures the rituals above stairs and the gossip below stairs..."Habits of the House "is an absorbing and worthwhile read." --"Star Tribune " "Before there was "Downton Abbey," there was "Upstairs Downtstairs" and, having written the first episode of that iconic television series, it is only fitting that Weldon now returns to the scene of the crime to further explore the disparate worlds of 'them that has and those what serve 'em.'"" --Booklist " "["Habits of the House"] succeeds as an opening to a new series." --"Publishers Weekly " "An entertaining romp for "Downton Abbey" fans. . . . Weldon did the screenwriting for the first episode of "Upstairs Downstairs" so she has form in this arena." --"The Guardian"" ""I predict a happy success for the trilogy, in print and on the screen. Julian Fellowes must look to his laurels, and Downton Abbey may find itself running second to 17 Belgrave Square." --"The Scotsman" "My favorite part of the original series is the first episode because it was written by a great English novelist, Fay Weldon. Everybody was introduced so cleverly . . . so beautifully established." --Jean Marsh, co-creator of "Upstairs, Downstairs" "There is simply no touching Weldon as a writer." --"The Observer (UK)" "Fay Weldon has always examined the scary parts of what lies beneath the silk cushions and behind the closed gates." --"The Chronicle of Higher Education ""I was a girl from Downstairs. When I was 16, my bedroom was in the basement of a posh house in London, where my mother was the housekeeper. . . . Odd, this class business. Here's "Upstairs Downstairs" back again, "Downton Abbey" so popular." --Fay Weldon "Before there was "Downton Abbey", there was "Upstairs, Downstairs", and, having written the first episode of that iconic television series, it is only fitting that Weldon now returns to the scene of the crime to further explore the disparate worlds of 'them that has and those what serve 'em.'...Always a ripe target for mockery and disdain, the British aristocracy comes in for a thorough drubbing in Weldon's snarky send-up." --"Booklist ""My favorite part of the original series is the first episode because it was written by a great English novelist, Fay Weldon. Everybody was introduced so cleverly . . . so beautifully established." --Jean Marsh, co-creator of "Upstairs, Downstairs" "There is simply no touching Weldon as a writer." --"The Observer (UK)" "Fay Weldon has always examined the scary parts of what lies beneath the silk cushions and behind the closed gates." --"The Chronicle of Higher Education ""I was a girl from Downstairs. When I was 16, my bedroom was in the basement of a posh house in London, where my mother was the housekeeper. . . . Odd, this class business. Here's "Upstairs Downstairs" back again, "Downton Abbey" so popular." --Fay Weldon "My favorite part of the original series is the first episode because it was written by a great English novelist, Fay Weldon. Everybody was introduced so cleverly . . . so beautifully established." --Jean Marsh, co-creator of "Upstairs, Downstairs" "There is simply no touching Weldon as a writer." --"The Observer (UK)" "Fay Weldon has always examined the scary parts of what lies beneath the silk cushions and behind the closed gates." --"The Chronicle of Higher Education ""I was a girl from Downstairs. When I was 16, my bedroom was in the basement of a posh house in London, where my mother was the housekeeper. . . . Odd, this class business. Here's "Upstairs Downstairs" back again, "Downton Abbey" so popular." --Fay Weldon

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