The World of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes

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A lavish look at the real world--both the secret history and the behind-the-scenes drama--of the spellbinding Emmy Award-winning Masterpiece TV series Downton Abbey

April 1912. The sun is rising behind Downton Abbey, a great and splendid house in a great and splendid park. So secure does it appear that it seems as if the way it represents will last for another thousand years. It won't.

Millions of American viewers were enthralled by the world of Downton Abbey, the mesmerizing TV drama of the aristocratic Crawley family--and their servants--on the verge of dramatic change. On the eve of Season 2 of the TV presentation, this gorgeous book--illustrated with sketches and research from the production team, as well as on-set photographs from both seasons--takes us even deeper into that world, with fresh insights into the story and characters as well as the social history.

 

About Jessica Fellowes

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JESSICA FELLOWES is the New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of The World of Downton Abbey. Formerly the Deputy Editor of Country Life, she has also been a columnist for the London Paper. Jessica also writes for the Daily Telegraph, Telegraph Weekend, The Lady and Sunday Times Style, and lives with her family in London. MATTHEW STURGIS is a writer and critic who has written for Harpers & Queen, The Sunday Telegraph, and The Independent on Sunday. He is the author of Passionate Attitudes: the English Decadence of the 1890s and the highly-praised Aubrey Beardsley. He lives in London. JULIAN FELLOWES is the creator, writer, and executor producer of Downton Abbey, which won six Emmy Awards and the Golden Globe for best mini-series. Previously, he won the Academy Award for best original screenplay for Gosford Park, and wrote the bestselling novels Snobs and Past Imperfect. A member of the House of Lords, he lives with his wife and son in London and Dorset, England.
 
Published December 6, 2011 by St. Martin's Press. 304 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, History, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Three books explore the true lives behind the fictional world of “Downton Abbey.”

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Three books explore the true lives behind the fictional world of “Downton Abbey.”

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If you're a fan of the Emmy Award-winning PBS Masterpiece series Downton Abbey and are still suffering from the withdrawal pangs that set in at the conclusion of Season 2, there is a cure.

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Devoted fans will pore over the photos of the actors in costume and chapters on Family Life, Society, Change, Life in Service, Style, House & Estate, Romance, and War.

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– you can even watch the full first season online (see it here), as well as second season episodes as they become available!.

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Three books explore the true lives behind the fictional world of “Downton Abbey.”

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