First Paragraph: Belgravia by Julian Fellows

Every Tuesday Vicki at I’d Rather Be At the Beach shares the first paragraph of a book currently being read. Feel free to join the fun.

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Belgravia is a book club choice for this month. I think we all wanted to read this book just because it was written by the author of Downton Abbey. I’m sure our discussion will include some comparisons between the two books. Here’s the beginning:


Chapter One

The past as we have been told so many times, is a foreign country where things are done differently. This may be true—indeed it patently is true when it comes to morals or customs, the role of women, aristocratic government, and a million other elements of our daily lives. But there are similarities, too. Ambition, envy, rage, greed, kindness, selflessness, and above all, love have always been as powerful in motivating choices as they are today. This is a story of people who lived two centuries ago, and yet much of what they desired, much of what they resented, and the passions raging in their hearts were only too like the dramas being played out in our own ways, in our own time….

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5 Responses to First Paragraph: Belgravia by Julian Fellows

  1. Kay says:

    Basically, history repeats itself, right? I believe that. Enjoy, Margot!

  2. The audio version of this book was excellent – enjoy!

  3. Vicki says:

    I never watched Downton Abbey. I’d keep reading.

    I added your post to Mr. Linky

  4. I must read this book at some point, especially as it takes its lead from The Go-Between and then expands…

  5. A friend gave me a copy of this one a while ago because she knows what a big DA fan I am. Hope to get to it at some point, but in the meantime, I hope you enjoy it!

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