Author(s): Julian Fellowes
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...
Julian Fellowes's previous novel, SNOBS, was a Sunday Times bestseller. It sold 50,000 in hardback and 200,000 in paperback and rights have been sold in a dozen countries including the US. Julian Fellowes has written a succession of successful screenplays, most recently the Academy Award winning GOSFORD PARK. He always receives terrific reviews: 'Snobs is everything you would hope for from the writer of Gosford Park ... Julian Fellowes has written a book that is destined to grace all the bedside tables of all the better houses in the land' Stephen Fry. 'Provocative, titillating and seductive' Spectator. 'It's subtle, stylish, knowing, deliciously witty, wickedly well-observed. Jane Austen meets Evelyn Waugh for the Armisted Maupin generation' Gyles Brandreth. 'A wildly funny novel about aristocrats and social climbers' Daily Telegraph. 'I absolutely loved SNOBS. It is a wicked comedy of lack of manners, a brilliantly malicious portrait of upper class society and all those who long to be accepted by them' Jilly Cooper.
'Guaranteed page turners don't come much better than Past Imperfect...witty, intelligent and elegantly written' SUNDAY HERALD 'This delightful comedy of manners from a master of social satire is perceptive, acute and ultimately very poignant.' GOOD BOOK GUIDE
Julian Fellowes, actor, writer, director, producer and TV presenter, was educated at Ampleforth, Cambridge and Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. His acting credits include the role of Lord Kilwillie in 'Monarch of the Glen', as well as film roles in 'Shadowlands', 'Damage' and 'Tomorrow Never Dies'. His TV writing credits include the Emmy winning 'Little Lord Fauntleroy' and the BAFTA nominated 'The Prince and the Pauper', which he also produced. His first screenplay for the cinema was 'Gosford Park' which won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. He also wrote the screenplay for the recent version of 'Vanity Fair' and 'The Young Victoria'. His debut as a director, 'Separate Lies', was released to acclaim in 2006. Julian is married to Emma, nee Kitchener, and they have one son, Peregrine.