Now the nights are drawing in and Christmas draws ever closer, we are facing our first autumn without the likes of Lady Mary, Bates, and Lord Grantham. If you’re missing your Sunday evening dose of romance, intrigue and scandal, then we have a new story you are going to love.
Set in Victorian London, Belgravia is written by the creator of Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes, so you know it comes with all the drama you love, and it will introduce you to a brand new cast of characters to love, hate (ok, never really hate) and love again.
Belgravia opens on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo, 15th June 1815, when the Duchess of Richmond threw a magnificent ball in Brussels for the Duke of Wellington. Just before 1am, word came that Napoleon had unexpectedly crossed the border and Wellington and his troops had to leave immediately to prepare for war. Many of the officers died on the battlefield, still in their dress uniforms.
At the ball are James and Anne Trenchard, who have made their money in trade. Their beautiful daughter Sophia has caught the eye of Edmund Bellasis, the son and heir of one of Britain’s most prominent families. An event takes place at the ball that has a seismic effect on all their lives. Twenty-five years later, when the two families are settled in the newly developed area of Belgravia, the consequences of this terrible secret still resonate. Behind the doors of these magnificent new houses lies a web of gossip and intrigue.
Sounds good doesn’t it?! If you can’t wait to get stuck in, then you can listen to the first chapter in this extract from the audiobook, beautifully read by award-winning actress Juliet Stevenson.
There’s also a very special edition which can be read via an app or website which not only includes the story and audio narration, but a wealth of bonus features providing fascinating historical context.