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The World of Downton Abbey (2011)

by Jessica Fellowes

Other authors: Julian Fellowes (Foreword)

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After watching the entire series in less than 6 weeks, I was looking forward to reading this book, but I was disappointed.

I wanted to know more about Downton Abbey itself & the characters.... I wanted more photos of the clothing.

What I got instead was a glossing of the characters, little on the clothing and more about the history of the eras in which the show took place.... and the blinking book ended after season two!

Example: "Lady Mary would have done this, as at the time in England: blah, blah, blah, blah, blah....." I found that tedious, I wanted more of the story!

The photos are nice, many have interesting side stories, but they are inserted right in the middle of a main idea and tend to be an interruption. Example, I'm reading about Lady Mary & the women of the time, and all of a sudden where the continuation of Lady Mary's story should be there is a photo of Elsie Hughes and a short blurb about her & her job, which completely cuts off Lady Mary's story and derails my train of thought.

I was disappointed... so much so, that I will forgo the glossy presentation of the complete series. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jun 7, 2017 |
Good companion book, with a good mix of history, backstory, pictures, actor quotes and behind the scenes information. ( )
  sydsavvy | Apr 8, 2016 |
I'm a HUGE Downton Abbey fan! So this book is like a gift! I enjoyed it very much, all the photos, information, fashion... everything. It's one book I will look through again and again. I can't wait for season III. ( )
  mrsdanaalbasha | Mar 12, 2016 |
I'm a HUGE Downton Abbey fan! So this book is like a gift! I enjoyed it very much, all the photos, information, fashion... everything. It's one book I will look through again and again. I can't wait for season III. ( )
  mrsdanaalbasha | Mar 12, 2016 |
I admit that I have a slight obsession with Downton Abbey. It sucked me in from the start. And now my curiosity as piqued as to what life was really like in the early 1900s. Therefore, I am branching out a bit in the books that I am reading.

The World of Downton Abbey is a companion guide to the second season of the beloved BBC Masterpiece show Downton Abbey. Not only does it outline the lives of the Crawley family during the first World War, but also gives us a peek at the lives of the real aristocracy of England. Family life, style, life in service, romance and war are a few of the topics covered in Jessica Fellowes book.

I greatly enjoyed reading and learning more about British culture. It helps me to understand the characters in the show better, as well as characters in the books I read. There is a lot of history to be found in period dramas and I do love learning about it. I was happy to learn that the show has a historical advisor Alastair Bruce (known as The Oracle) that does not hide in the shadows. He makes certain that everything is proper and accurate. Any Downton enthusiast would enjoy this book, but it is also a great read for learning more about the era.
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April 1912 The sun is rising dehind 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 of life it represents will last for another thousand years. It won't.
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Family life -- Society -- Change -- Lilfe in service -- Style -- House & estate -- Romance -- War -- Behind the scence -- Cast list.
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A companion book to the popular British series about the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants offers insights into the story and characters and background information on British society in the early years of the twentieth century.

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