The Shooting Party, Isabel Colegate
Lived and breathed this little gem of a book. Isabel Colegate takes twenty four hours in an edwardian country estate during a shooting party, taking perspective from many of the different people involved. This novel is great if you like a lot of characters to study: there is a lot of aristocracy mixed with their servants, lots of different generations and a mix of city and country people. She totally manages to capture a way of life that vanished so quickly from English memory – it all seems so long ago but it is only the twentieth century! It is only a short book but it is so worth a read: stylish, observant, witty, nostalgic….