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Summary

Bloomsbury presents House of Trelawney by Hannah Rothschild, read by Elaine Claxton.

The seat of the Trelawney family for over 800 years, Trelawney Castle was once the jewel of the Cornish coast. Each successive Earl spent with abandon, turning the house and grounds into a sprawling, extravagant palimpsest of wings, turrets and follies.

But recent generations have been better at spending than making money. Now living in isolated penury, unable to communicate with each other or the rest of the world, the family are running out of options. Three unexpected events will hasten their demise: the sudden appearance of a new relation, an illegitimate, headstrong, beautiful girl; an unscrupulous American hedge fund manager determined to exact revenge; and the crash of 2008.

A love story and social satire set in the parallel and seemingly unconnected worlds of the British aristocracy and high finance, House of Trelawney is also the story of lost and found friendships between three women. One of them will die; another will discover her vocation; and the third will find love.

©2020 Hannah Rothschild (P)2020 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic reviews

"Curl up and lose yourself in this hugely entertaining satire of a deeply dysfunctional family of aristocrats desperate to save their crumbling Cornwall home" (I Paper)

"If you’re in need of a Succession replacement then this tale of a crumbling English dynasty clinging on to the past while coping with the fallout of the 2008 crash is for you. Rothschild is a mischievous narrator and this story is pure pleasure from the word go." (Stylist)

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Totally clichéd

I think this book was reviewed and recommended in a magazine when I was looking for a new read. The story is a total cliché with totally clichéd characters. If that is what you like then you will probably enjoy this book. Very disappointing.

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A great story

I have loved all of Hannah Rothschild's books and this was a great addition to her back catalogue.

Packed full of wonderful characters, some lovely, some ghastly, this was an amusing and entertaining tale of the demise of an ancient aristocratic Cornish family. Set in 2008 at the height of the global financial crash, the author has woven a tale of greed, revenge, social snobbery, romance, misunderstandings, double-dealing and the power of art. It is a fantastically engaging book, which made me laugh out loud at times, wince with embarrassment at other times and hope against hope for the redemption of some of the characters.

A really great read.

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Cringeworthy

I bought this because I’d read a good review but I really thought it wasn’t very good. The author makes a hash of basic background facts to the story. A good editor would have sent her back for more research or to consult an expert. It was so preposterous in parts that I got close to the end but couldn’t beard any more. A pity, as a rewrite could have been good.

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Not her best book!

I enjoyed this book, but felt it was rather rushed and there were gaps in the story which I felt weren’t answered? Maybe I missed them but it’s not as good as her first book. It’s a good romp - and a good holiday read.

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A disappointment

Hannah's first book was one of my favourites on Audible but this was very weak in comparison.

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Escapism

So enjoyable, Hannah Rothschild knows her stuff. A pacy plot with well drawn characters. Recommend.

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Good characterisation of a wealth of people

It's a good story - not the game changer as her previous book but a good read and easy listen storyline. She created some great characters and a complex storyline - would be good to have a sequal.

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fantastic page turner

I loved this audio book, the characters are beautifully crafted and the story keeps you guessing.

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Wouldn’t recommend

Sorry to say this was not good. Poor writing, superficial and cliched characters, weird audio editing and some really irritating voices.

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Really enjoyable

I was searching for something different to my usual listen and stumbled across this book.
It was an easy listen, escapism, thoroughly enjoyable. The narration was good.