Past Imperfect – Julian Fellowes

About the book

Damian Baxter is very, very rich – and he’s dying. He lives alone in a big house in Surrey, looked after by a chauffeur, butler, cook and housemaid. He has but one concern: who should inherit his fortune… PAST IMPERFECT is the story of a quest. Damian Barker wishes to know if he has a living heir. By the time he married in his late thirties he was sterile (the result of adult mumps), but what about before that unfortunate illness? He was not a virgin. Had he sired a child? A letter from a girlfriend from these times suggests he did. But the letter is anonymous. Damian contacts someone he knew from their days at university. He gives him a list of girls he slept with and sets him a task: find his heir…

Reviewed by Tadley Reading Group:

Certainly kept going a good, lengthy conversation for group. Everyone was impressed by witticism. Some felt it could be an autobiography – no sentence should be missed.

Star rating: ***

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2 thoughts on “Past Imperfect – Julian Fellowes”

  1. Review by Shipton Bellinger WI Reading Group:
    Opinions split on this book. Fellowes writes well but is sometimes a little wordy. Two members put life on hold to finish the book but others found the world of the bright young things of the late 60s a touch unpleasant. Satire it may have been but there was a feeling of admiration for these soon to be Sloane Rangers. It provoked discussion and any work by the author of Downton Abbey is worth a read.
    Rating: 3 Stars

  2. Review by Shipton Bellinger WI Reading Group:
    Opinions split on this book. Fellowes writes well but is sometimes a little wordy. Two members put life on hold to finish the book but others found the world of the bright young things of the late 60s a touch unpleasant. Satire it may have been but there was a feeling of admiration for these soon to be Sloane Rangers. It provoked discussion and any work by the author of Downton Abbey is worth a read.
    Rating: 3 Stars

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