July 20, 2016
This is the perfect time for a beach read, even if you are not at the beach. Julian Fellowes’s new novel, Belgravia, is just right for summer, and it’s easy to see why the book is getting good reviews.
Although Fellowes’s new work can be categorized as “Downton Abbey Light,” it is great fun to read. If you are using the Belgravia “app,” you have access to additional information about high society in the early 1840s. For example, when invited to a grand country house for the weekend, is it best to bring one maid or two? How many day dresses will you need? Fellowes has assembled a team to answer these and other questions, and the questions may amuse you.
Don’t let your weekend at the country house interfere with your next visit to CapRadio Reads. Come back in time for our conversations on Tuesday, August 9th at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Reserve your seat for one of these discussions. Give the maid the day off.
July 13, 2016
Our event with author J. Ryan Stradal was a huge hit. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. We look forward to hearing more from this rising star.
For August, we are going to delve into Julian Fellowes’ Belgravia. Fellowes, author and mastermind of Downton Abbey has given us an extraordinary look into the lives of people in London around the time of the famous Battle of Waterloo. This battle was not so good for Napoleon, but it made the Duke of Wellington a hero. It also brought the rise in fortunes to many and the end of lives to others. The book gets its title from the privileged neighborhood near Buckingham Palace in London.
Belgravia was published as a serial, in the manner of Dickens, and the book is now available in several forms. You can read it on your e-readers, tablets or computers or in regular hardback book format.
I recently visited London, and I’ll have some photos for you of important locations in the book. Join me at one of our two meetings on Tuesday, August 9.