Hannah Rosefield

A Passage to Sterne

The Uninvited Guests

By

Chatto & Windus 272pp £12.99 order from our bookshop

In the past year, department stores have reported a huge rise in sales of silk dressing gowns and cotton pyjamas, a trend attributed to the success of Downton Abbey. How the Downton phenomenon will affect the literary market remains to be seen, but it can hardly hinder the prospects of Sadie Jones’s The Uninvited Guests, which opens, like the television series, in a beautiful country house one day in April 1912. Cynics may put this down to calculation rather than coincidence, but Jones’s third novel is a more playful, puzzling and altogether stranger affair than anything Julian Fellowes has to offer.

Sign Up to our newsletter

Receive free articles, highlights from the archive, news, details of prizes, and much more.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • 'Her favourite design included a body in the shape of a horse, with a steam engine inside ... The passenger would t… ,
    • Sign up to our email newsletter below! Get free articles, highlights from the archive, and chances to win theatre… ,
    • RT : Founded in 1979, is a trusted independent source for reviews of new books across a variety of genres. A… ,
    • RT : Here we are - "Shelf Indulgence" by Ed Potten, a wonderful read, well worth your time: @Lit_Review,
    • 'Like going to a party hoping to get away as quickly as politeness allowed and at 4am finding myself still engrosse… ,
    • 'Neville never shed his sense of being the junior, and perhaps least-deserving Chamberlain.' From the archive, Mic… ,
    • 'The erecting and immediate destruction of a series of straw men rather detracts from what is for the most part an… ,