Past Imperfect

  • by Julian Fellowes
  • Narrated by Julian Fellowes
  • 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Stephen Fry praised Julian Fellowes' previous novel, Snobs, as 'a guilty treat'. A Sunday Times bestseller, it won praise and an enthusiastic readership across the world. Its successor, Past Imperfect, is another treat, an enthralling comedy of manners, but with an intriguing conundrum at its heart. Damian Baxter is very rich and dying. He lives alone, attended by chauffeur, butler, cook and a housemaid, a life of everything and nothing. Before he goes he needs to know if he has a living heir. At stake is his fortune - in excess, he reckons, of £500 million. By the time he married he was sterile (the result of adult mumps in his early twenties), but what about before that unfortunate illness? Had he fathered a child as a young man? An anonymous letter from twenty years before suggests so. But finding the truth will not prove easy, as the only man who knows where to look is Damian's sworn enemy. Often funny and on occasion even shocking, the twists and turns of Past Imperfect will leave readers as intrigued as Damian at the eventual outcome. Just as in his bestselling book Snobs, Julian Fellowes shows himself a wonderful storyteller with characters superbly observed. Here is the Jane Austen of the twenty-first century with more than an acerbic dash of Evelyn Waugh.


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Customer Reviews

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Fun but shallow

This book was good fun to listen to, and top marks to Julian Fellowes for reading it himself - he was excellent. However, the characters were all so silly and shallow and similar to one another, particularly the women, that by the end I couldn't give a damn who got the inheritance. In fact, just a few days after finishing listening to it, I find I can't even remember who it was....
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- Mirium

A Charming Education!

I thought the whole premise was good and the layering up of the plot was excellent. I thought it was very thought provoking and, being a child of the 80’s it made me really consider the changes that took place in society in the 60’s & 70’s.
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- Lindsay M. Gray

Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-10-2008
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited