From the award-winning writer of the original Upstairs Downstairs—the second novel in
an irresistible trilogy about an Earl’s family and his servants at the turn of
the twentieth century.
As 1901 comes to an end, there is much to be grateful for:
The Dilberne fortune has been restored, and the grand Dilberne Court, with its hundred
rooms, has been saved. Lord Robert’s son, Arthur, is happily married to Chicago
heiress, Minnie, who is pregnant and trying to come to terms with her new role
as lady of the manor, and her charming but controlling mother-in-law, Lady
Isobel. As Lord Robert and Lady Isobel get caught up in the preparations for
the coronation of Edward VII, they debate the future of their recently orphaned
niece, Adela. Isobel and Minnie want to take her in; Robert and Arthur do not.
While they argue, Adela runs away and joins a travelling group of spiritualists
and has a life-saving run-in with the king.
With Long Live the
King, Fay Weldon continues the magnificent trilogy that began with Habits of the House. As the
award-winning writer for the pilot episode of the original Upstairs Downstairs, Weldon brings her deservedly famous wit and
insight to this novel of love and desire, morals, and manners.
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