Review: House of Trelawney by Hannah Rothschild

Title: House of Trelawney

Author: Hannah Rothschild

Pages: 384 Pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

The Blurb

The seat of the Trelawney family for over 700 years, Trelawney Castle was once the jewel of the Cornish coast. Each successive Earl spent with abandon, turning the house and grounds into a sprawling, extravagant palimpsest of wings, turrets and follies. But as the centuries passed the Earls of Trelawney, their ambition dulled by generations of pampered living, failed to develop other skills. Now in 2008 the house – its paintings and furniture sold off to pay death duties, its grounds diminished, the gardens choked with weeds – has begun to resemble its owners: faded, crumbling, and out-of-date.

Jane, the put-upon wife of the current Earl, Kitto, scraping a life for her children and in-laws in a few draughty rooms of the big house, is trapped by Trelawney Castle; while Blaze, Kitto’s sister, has made a killing in the City – and a complete turkey of her personal life. Long-estranged, the two women are brought back together when a letter arrives; and soon after it, an unwelcome young guest. Grudgingly reunited, Blaze and Jane must band together to take charge of their new charge – and save the house of Trelawney.

With formidable sharpness, delicious irreverence and a very wicked wit, House of Trelawney is a glorious send-up of recession Britain and its carnival of bastard bankers and down-at-heel toffs. An eccentric gem of a satire, and an unexpected romance, it asks how we are connected, what we owe to one another, and how to carry on existing in a world which has outgrown us.

The Review

The House of Trelawney has been in the family for 800 years but the current occupants have let it fall to wreck and ruin and now it looks like it is about to end the centuries long tradition. The house isn’t just made of bricks and mortar though. It is also built upon secrets and lies.

The House of Trelawney is a family saga that does have you guessing to the very end. The multi perspective narrative means that you are constantly kept on your toes. Strangely, the story is a bit of a slow burner. There isn’t a pressing need to turn the page but you do enjoy the steady stream of new information.  I enjoyed this story. I am not sure what I was expecting from it but I enjoyed the story none-the-less.

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