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Looking for something to fill the Downton Abbey gap in your life?

It’s been awhile now since the likes of Lady Mary, Bates, and Lord Grantham graced our screens, 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. Not only that, but this story is delivered to your tablet, smartphone or desktop computer in weekly instalments, that can be read or listened to (the gorgeous audio is read by award-winning actress Juliet Stevenson of Truly, Madly, Deeply fame).

Julian Fellowes’s 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?! The first episode can be read entirely free, and then you can buy a subscription to receive each of the following 10 episodes as they are released each week. Every episode also comes with a whole host of bonus features which give you fascinating insight into the fashion, etiquette and culture of the time, and the real-life settings woven into the story.

We are already gripped by the story, getting caught up in the Duchess of Richmond’s legendary ball and we are on the edge of our seats waiting to see if the Trenchard’s secret will be revealed. . .

Each week, our very own fiction author and history professor Kate Williams is providing extra pieces of history that tie in with the story, watch the video below to see what Kate thought about the experience of reading BELGRAVIA when she got a sneak peek and head over to the BELGRAVIA YouTube channel to see more from Kate! .

If you’d like to start reading BELGRAVIA head to www.julianfellowesbelgravia.com to access the first chapter and it’s bonus features free and to purchase a subscription to read the rest of the episodes as they are available!