It’s no secret that I’m a huge Downton Abbey fan – it’s definitely one of my favourite shows. So recently when I was in Easons and spotted a book written by Julian Fellowes, the extremely talented writer and creator of Downton, I knew I had to buy it. I was captivated from the moment I started reading it, and after finishing it I knew it was one I had to review.
Past Imperfect, set in the present, follows an ageing man as he reconnects with a friend from the past, Damian Baxter, with whom he ended his friendship on bad terms. Damian, who is dying of cancer, is on a quest to find the woman who had his baby unknown to him, apart from one giveaway letter. The narrator is given the task of revisiting his past in order to find the rightful successor to Damian’s fortune, and along the way he experiences many poignant, moving trips through his past. The narrator rediscovers relationships in which he both loathed and loved when he was young, and also discovers some shocking things about the people he knew back then.
From the beginning, I found everything about this book intriguing. I’m fascinated by the sixties, so I loved the references to music, fashions and social events from back then. This book was written in an extremely captivating way which drew me in from the start.
Overall, I found this book to be an incredibly enjoyable read, and I’m definitely planning on reading some of Julian Fellowes’ other books in the future, such as Snobs. If you’re a fan of Downton, or even looking for a good read, this is one to try!