Hay Festival: Hannah Rothschild in conversation with Rosie Boycott

Hannah Rothschild talks to Rosie Boycott about her new comic novel, House of Trelawney


Tuesday 26th May, 2020 @ 1:00 pm

  • In Conversation
  • Talk


About the Event

The new novel from the author of The Improbability of Love, winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction, is a mischievous satire of English money and class. The seat of the Trelawney family for over 800 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 recent generations have been better at spending than making money.

Now living in isolated penury, unable to communicate with each other or the rest of the world, the family are running out of options. Three unexpected events will hasten their demise: the sudden appearance of a new relation, an illegitimate, headstrong, beautiful girl; an unscrupulous American hedge fund manager determined to exact revenge; and the crash of 2008. A love story and social satire set in the parallel and seemingly unconnected worlds of the British aristocracy and high finance, House of Trelawney is also the story of lost and found friendships between three women. One of them will die; another will discover her vocation; and the third will find love. 

This event is live and there will be a Q&A afterwards.

About the Book

House of Trelawney
House of Trelawney

Hannah Rothschild

Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date:6 Feb 2020


3.53 out of 5
8 reviews
"a witty, stylish storyteller and her overall message definitely feels timely"
The Sunday Times
"it says a lot about the dangers of dwelling on past entitlement and the importance of unsentimental realism"
The Times
"Hannah Rothschild has created a clever and enjoyable story exploring the links between old and new money"
Irish Times
"a satisfying read, with plenty of good one-liners"
The Sunday Telegraph
"House of Trelawney wraps up a story of love and friendship in a gentle satire of entitlement"
The Observer
"The dialogue and plot move at a cracking pace, and the sympathetically drawn characters are oven-ready for a TV series"
The Guardian
"A romcom to beat the winter blues"
Daily Mail
"This slyly comic novel is a great dissection of class and provilege"