Habits of the House, by Fay Weldon

Set in London in the fall of 1899, just after the society “season” has ended, the Earl of Dilberne and his family are in a hot mess because of bad investments, gambling debts, the Boer War, a mistress, steam cars and heedless overspending. The best thing would be an infusion of vast amounts of American dollars by finding the right wife for son and heir, Viscount Arthur. We get the viewpoints of the upstairs as well as downstairs on developments. Weldon gives us an amusing and witty take on late Victorian society.

RATING: * * * * Very, very good
Reviewed by: kh

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