From the author of The Improbability of Love: a dazzling novel both satirical and moving, about an eccentric, dysfunctional family of English aristocrats, and their crumbling stately home that reminds us how the lives and hopes of women can still be shaped by the ties of family and love.
For more than seven hundred years, the vast, rambling Trelawney Castle in Cornwall--turrets, follies, a room for every day of the year, four miles of corridors and 500,000 acres--was the magnificent and grand "three dimensional calling card" of the earls of Trelawney. By 2008, it is in a complete state of ruin due to the dulled ambition and the financial ineptitude of the twenty-four earls, two world wars, the Wall Street crash, and inheritance taxes. Still: the heir to all of it, Kitto, his wife, Jane, their three children, their dog, Kitto\'s ancient parents, and his aunt Tuffy Scott, an entomologist who studies fleas, all manage to live there and keep it going. Four women dominate the story: Jane; Kitto\'s sister, Blaze, who left Trelawney and made a killing in finance in London, the wildly beautiful, seductive, and long-ago banished Anastasia and her daughter, Ayesha. When Anastasia sends a letter announcing that her nineteen-year-old daughter, Ayesha, will be coming to stay, the long-estranged Blaze and Jane must band together to take charge of their new visitor--and save the house of Trelawney. But both Blaze and Jane are about to discover that the house itself is really only a very small part of what keeps the family together.
"The idea of eccentric British aristocrats in a crumbling mansion is at the heart of some of literature\'s greatest works . . . . Rothschild\'s book is the latest in a long line of novels by the likes of Jane Austen and Evelyn Waugh."
-Adam Rathe, Town & Country ("How one new novel gets British money exactly right")
"Part comedy of manners, part serious meditation on money and gender roles, House of Trelawney is both deeply thought-provoking and thoroughly fun."
"A real page turner . . . sparklingly acerbic social satire . . . . Funny and absorbing, House of Trelawney is the perfect antidote to a grey, Scottish winter\'s day."
-John Badenhorst, The Courier & Advertiser
"Evelyn Waugh meets the love child of Richard Curtis and the brilliant Joanna Trollope."
-Geordie Greig, The Daily Mail
"Rothschild is a witty, stylish storyteller and her overall message feels timely."
-Lucy Atkins, The Sunday Times
"Snappy and sexy."
-Lionel Barber, Former Editor of The Financial Times
"This canny comedy of manners straddles the worlds of high finance and the crumbling aristocracy, braiding love, revenge and market meltdown . . . generous-hearted, it delights from start to finish."
-Hephzibah Anderson, The Daily Mail
"Rothschild is a writer of high intelligence . . . . House of Trelawney says a lot about the dangers of dwelling on past entitlement and the importance of unsentimental realism."
-Kate Saunders, The Times
"Rothschild is a mischievous narrator and this story is pure pleasure from the word go."
-Stylist Online (Best Books of 2020)
"Rothschild\'s engaging tale House of Trelawney cleverly satirizes an unconventional aristocratic clan who have run into money troubles."
-Martin Chilton, The Independent Online
"This slyly comic novel is a great dissection of class and privilege."
"Curl up and lose yourself in this hugely entertaining satire of a deeply dysfunctional family of aristocrats desperate to save their crumbling Cornwall home."