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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  17,982 ratings  ·  2,578 reviews
On the evening of 15 June 1815, the great and the good of British Society have gathered in Brussels at what is to become one of the most tragic parties in history - the Duchess of Richmond's ball. For this is the eve of the Battle of Waterloo, and man of the handsome young men attending the ball will find themselves, the very next day, on the battlefield.

For Sophia Trencha
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Hardcover, 402 pages
Published July 5th 2016 by Grand Central Publishing (first published June 30th 2016)
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Jennifer
Jul 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
I can't help feeling like Julian Fellowes targets his stories to exactly what the Downton crowd wants. Don't get me wrong, I was as addicted to Downton as anyone. But I expect different things from my TV viewing than I do from my reading. Fellowes delivers all the elements - class conflict, romance, secrets, lot's of details about life in 1800's that I'm sure fans will adore....but he also spoon feeds the reader every thought and emotion each character is having. Nothing is left to doubt. If a c ...more
Trish
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fellowes is a unique talent able to actually inhabit a world long past. Perhaps the motivations and language of people are not much changed from one or two hundred years ago, but habits have certainly changed. Fellowes navigates that earlier world of societal mores and constraints so beautifully, I would have loved to see him in action then.

In his new serialized novel called Belgravia, the illegitimate son of an unmarried daughter is arranged to grow up under the tutelage of a pastor. The boy gr
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Diane
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
This review is going to be an unabashed celebration of Juliet Stevenson, the marvelous narrator of the Belgravia audiobook. I confess I downloaded this book not because it was written by the creator of the popular TV show "Downton Abbey," but because it was read by Juliet.

I have become such a fan of audiobooks that in the past few years I have listened to more than 150 of them, and Juliet Stevenson is one of the very best performers working today. (She's also a great actress and I've loved her
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Maria Espadinha
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
An Austen Scent


Why did I chose such a title to review Belgravia?! A book that was written 2 centuries after our precious Jane?!
Is that your question?!...

If you’re really curious about it, here's what you should do:
Close your eyes, open the book randomly, and get your nose as near as possible...

Now you got it!... 😜


Footnote: I must apologize for this, hmmmm, slightly crazy review. But sometimes a lil change of style is mandatory to flee from reiterations of overwhelming boredom 😜
James
Jul 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
With 'Belgravia,' Julian Fellowes establishes why he should stick to tv. A strong premise, tightly sewn ending, utterly painful boredom in between. Read only if you lost your 'Downton' bluray.
☮Karen
In person book club read #11 (Dec 2017) because we're all Downton Abbey fans.

Oh, how I miss Downton Abbey. The reruns just don't cut it for me; I want to be given some new episodes to watch. However, this book, by the same author, surpassed filling many of my Downton cravings. Not as fully developed in the 400+ pages offered, but I still loved it -- sort of like settling for a chocolate ice cream sundae when you really wanted hot fudge.

There are similarities to Downton found here, but missing, a
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Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
The absence of Downton Abbey on our screens, a favourite series of mine, influenced the purchase of the book, Belgravia by Julian Fellowes. Fellowes is the creator of Downton Abbey and has written two previous novels in the past. Belgravia is set in one of Britain’s most exclusive postcodes of the era. The stunning estate on the front cover caught my eye too. Belgravia is a historical fiction novel that begins around the time of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. I was certain I was going to love t ...more
Debra
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
This story might not be a bad television program...but as a novel, just meh. Readers expecting another Downton Abbey will be seriously disappointed.
Anna
Julian Fellowes' "Downton Abbey" is one of my favorite television shows, so I was extremely excited to read this novel. And for the most part, I wasn't disappointed. It's very Downton-esque in feel and subject matter, and there are plenty of plot twists and turns.

I loved the setting and the characters of Maria Grey and Caroline Brockenhurst. I enjoyed the pacing of the book as well. I didn't particularly care for anyone in the Trenchard or Bellasis families (the Brockenhursts are my jam), but th
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Jo Walton
This is that rarest thing, a book about a grandmother. It's really focused on the two grandmothers of what in most books would be the romantic hero but is here a bit part prize. As you'd expect from Fellowes, it's also about finely observed gradations of class, the agency of servants, social climbing, and loyalty. There are lovers. There's a villain, and a near villain who reforms at the last minute. There's a secret marriage and a hidden heir. There are shenanigans. There's the Duchess of Richm ...more
Liz
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it

With Belgravia, Julian Fellowes has written a comedy of manners set in the first half of the 19th century. The same attention to detail that was displayed on Downton Abbey is here on the page. And while about an earlier time period, Fellowes is still studying the social castes of English society. Like with DA, one sees both the upstairs and downstairs takes on life. But unlike the Crawley household, there is not the love between the servants and their employers. To quote Lady Brockenhurst “The s
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booklady
Early Victorian slice-of-life flashbacks 25 years to the days just before the Battle of Waterloo, with particular emphasis on the events at a ball on the night before that famous battle.

Back to 1840 London; what has happened in the intervening years gradually unfolds. Who knows what, when, how and from whom is what keeps the reader ever on his/her toes. If people who live under the same roof wouldn’t insist on keeping secrets from each other—for all the wrong reasons—they’d get along ever so mu
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Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)

I've really been enjoying Belgravia and one of my favorite aspects of the novel is the fact that it's serialized or it can be read in "episodes." This makes the cliffhangers even more exciting. I know in the past this was a popular technique used by Charles Dickens and many others. I can see why it's so compelling when presented this way.

I also really enjoyed Fellowes' use of dramatic irony in Belgravia. We, the readers, are aware of who exactly Charles Pope is, but many of the characters are st
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Isabela
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
2 stars

Mehhhh, this was OK. When I first saw this in the bookstore I was so excited to read it - recently I've been in this historical fiction mood, and this had a gorgeous cover and promising great secrets and scandals in 1840s London. Yeah, that sounds awesome! But, unfortunately, it didn't work very well.

The story was not terrible, but the only time I was really interested was the first and last few chapters - the 300 pages in between were SO BORING. I also didn't specially like any of the
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Caz
I've given this an A+ for narration and a B+ for content at AudioGals. Technically, I think that's a little over 4.5 stars, so I'm rounding up.

I’m sure that most people will be familiar with the name of the writer of Gosford Park and the creator of the hugely successful Downton Abbey. In his latest novel, Julian Fellowes continues to explore England’s past and to look particularly at the class system and the way in which convention and reputation so dominated British society in the 19th century.
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Lauren Stoolfire
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Julian Fellowe's Belgravia is an excellent novel to try if you're still experiencing withdrawal from Downton Abbey. He creates an interesting new world primarily set in 1841 and featuring the connection between an aristocratic family and a noveau riche family living in the wealthiest district of London, Belgravia. Although the novel is just over 400 pages, it's easy to speed through it, and the eleven episodes that it is comprised of help spread you along as well. I can only say that I wish it f ...more
Julie  Durnell
Jul 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: england-uk
I started out liking this book, but it became very tedious and drawn out, without the attention to detail that I loved about Downton Abbey.
Sad Sunday (If I say it's bad, it's bad)
Belgravia is what happens when you let a man write historical romance.

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Well, well, well, I am a huge fan of Downton Abbey and I couldn't believe that the same Julian Fellowes wrote Belgravia. It's not bad in the therms of a very bad book, but there were some things that just didn't work together. So, you will like Belgravia if:

1. You have a degree in England's family tree and ties. If you know who is who's cousin and who can marry countesses and who don't you should be fine.

2. You just can't get
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Lynn
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars, rounded up. If you enjoyed watching Downton Abbey, you will enjoy reading this book, as they were both written by the same man. Belgravia has all the atmosphere, drama and unforgettable characters as Downton Abbey. There are aristocratic families, up and coming families, poor yet noble workers and conniving servants. There are people with good and pure hearts and some with evil in their souls. Once you start reading, you can't put it down. It may not be the best written book, but for ...more
Ophelinha
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Period gossip at its finest: war, fake - or not so fake - weddings, illegitimate children, affairs, failed marriages, ambition, thirst for power are among its ingredients. Shake, add ice, stir, enjoy.
Deanna
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really debated about whether to round this to 4 stars.

The characters are largely one-note folks, and there are about 20 of them to keep up with. It’s maybe harsh to say they function as dolls to move around the stage. They feel more real than that, but not fully dimensional, humanly real.

Especially there is a lack of depth in the characters in the servant class. They play a fairly significant role in the plot, but they are purely central casting and only get our attention to the minimal exte
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Jennifer (Sad Books Say So Much)
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Paula Dembeck
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This Victorian period drama begins in 1815 Brussels the night before the British meet Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. The English, warned of the approach of the French but determined to maintain a stiff upper lip, will not be diverted from attending the social event of the year, the lavish Richmond Ball. It is the most sought after invitation of the season and James and Anne Trenchard are attending for the first time with their beautiful eighteen year old daughter Sophia. The invitation to t ...more
Diana
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have finished episodes 1, 2 and 3 of Julian Fellowes’ BELGRAVIA series.
Episode 1 — Dancing into battle
Episode 2 — A chance encounter
Episode 3 — Family Ties
It is a novel (excuse the pun) idea to construct the book as a serialization with new episodes appearing weekly. There are 11 episodes or chapters in all.
I have enjoyed the series so far - it is a quiet, detailed story revolving around a secret. The story is set in 1840s England against a backdrop of British high society and manners. The cha
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Mo
Jul 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, w-ebooks, w-brk, brit-lit
I started out LOVING this book. The story opened just prior to the legendary Duchess of Richmond’s Ball on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Yes please… sign me up and keep it coming!

Then we got to Chapter 2. It was now 1841, and I wasn’t quite so enthralled.

If you liked all the machinations of ‘Downton Abbey’, then I’m sure that you’ll adore this novel. As for me… I started out loving DA, but eventually grew tired of it. I felt the same way about this book. Just as ‘Downton Abbey’ left
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victoria_tonks
Oct 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNF at about 19% (plus I read the last chapter to know how the story ended). I found the book unreadable. I suppose the story could have been decent and the characters interesting - but the writing! It felt akward and forced, did not flow at all - like a story written by a schoolboy and not a very skilled one at that. It is hard to believe the author wrote one of the most successful TV series ever. The book might be historically accurate and everything but it is boring as hell. I think I will re ...more
Tracy
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved Downton Abbey and so when I heard about this book I was very excited!

My other Goodreads friend warned me it was a bit slow at first. What I found for myself was it was okay at first - I was still very interested. Then, it got very slow. It does pick up but it's well after you've read more than half the book. I had sort of predicted what was going to happen. That didn't really bother me, but it just made the slowness unbearable.

So, it's a good story line. It just takes way to
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QNPoohBear
2.5 stars

In 1815 the beau monde of London congregated in Brussels for the peace celebrations, until Napoleon escaped Elba and returned to Paris. Now everyone is worried about their future. Everyone except James Trenchard, Wellington's victualler. Mr. Trenchard is the son of a market stall merchant and a scheming social climber. In this fraught atmosphere, his beautiful daughter Sophia has caught the eye of Edmund, Viscount Bellasis, son of an Earl. His parents would never approve and Mrs. Trench
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Tanja Berg
Sep 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Rating 3.4*. This was a thoroughly entertaining historical novel, complete with nouveau riche and aristocrats, "upstairs" and "downstairs". The story circles around the illegitemate child of an up-and-coming tradesman's daughter and a future earl. The child, Charles Pope, grows into a young man who knows nothing, but is a bit perplexed at the high society fawning around him. The reason for the last bit is that the tradesman's wife, Anne, tells the paternal grandmother that she is not, indeed, th ...more
Lois
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Despite his name on the book, this muddled and simplistic book also begins with the bios of a 'historical consultant' and someone else. A way to cash in on the Downton Abbey phenom, it's really embarrassing for Fellowes, it seems to me. Many switches of perspective in the first chapters and entirely predictable and pedestrian throughout. Yuck.
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Julian Alexander Kitchener-Fellowes (Baron Fellowes of West Stafford), DL. English actor, novelist, screenwriter, and director.

Fellowes is the youngest son of Peregrine Fellowes (a diplomat and Arabist who campaigned to have Haile Selassie restored to his throne during World War II). Julian inherited the title of Lord of the Manor of Tattershall from his father, making him the fourth Fellowes to h
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Other books in the series

Belgravia (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Dancing into Battle (Belgravia #1)
  • A Chance Encounter (Belgravia #2)
  • Family Ties (Belgravia #3)
  • At Home in Belgrave Square (Belgravia #4)
  • The Assignation (Belgravia #5)
  • A Spy in our Midst (Belgravia #6)
  • A Man of Business (Belgravia #7)
  • An Income for Life (Belgravia #8)
  • The Past is a Foreign Country (Belgravia #9)
  • The Past Comes Back (Belgravia #10)
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