The Passing Bells: A Novel

Paperback | December 4, 2012

byPhillip Rock

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Before Downton Abbey, there was Abingdon Pryory, the elegant country home of the Grevilles—a titled English family who, along with their servants, see their world turned upside down when England goes to war. Once their well-kept lawns and whirling social seasons give way to the horrors of World War I, no one, upstairs or downstairs, is left untouched. For fans of sweeping historical fiction, the reissue of Phillip Rock's New York Times bestseller The Passing Bells is a breathtaking family saga not to be missed.

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Before Downton Abbey, there was Abingdon Pryory, the elegant country home of the Grevilles—a titled English family who, along with their servants, see their world turned upside down when England goes to war. Once their well-kept lawns and whirling social seasons give way to the horrors of World War I, no one, upstairs or downstairs, is...

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The guns of August are rumbling throughout Europe in the summer of 1914, but war has not yet touched Abingdon Pryory. Here, at the grand home of the Greville family, the parties, dances, and romances play on. Alexandra Greville embarks on her debutante season while brother Charles remains hopelessly in love with the beautiful, untitled...

Born in Hollywood, California, Phillip Rock lived in England with his family until the blitz of 1940. He spent his adult years in Los Angeles and published three novels before the Passing Bells series:Flickers,The Dead in Guanajuato, andThe Extraordinary Seaman. He died in 2004.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.23 inPublished:December 4, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062229311

ISBN - 13:9780062229311

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“Fascinating . . . a timeless tale of the conflicts that emerge from a violent change. It is a delight to read.”