Downton Abbey portrays a world of elegance and decadence, a world of duty and obedience and a world of romance and rivalry: this companion book takes fans deeper into that world than ever before.
Step inside the front door of one of the most beautiful houses in Britain and wonder at the sumptuous decoration, marvel at the glamorous dresses as the family gather for dinner and sneak down the servants stairs into the kitchens and watch the staff working from dawn till dusk. Go out into the park and see the family head off for the hunt or out in the car to make visits; see the world of Downton come alive before you.
Experience the inner workings of the downstairs life and be dazzled by the glamour of upstairs life with profiles of all the major characters, interviews with the actors, behind the scenes interviews and insights, and in-depth information on costumes and props.
Using a structure to illustrate the main themes of the series, such as the family, daily life, war, servitude, society and style, different characters will be focussed on for each chapter. Also the text will give insights into the political and social history of the period, and real-life characters and situations for comparison and illustration.
A must for any fan of this magnificent period drama.
About the Author
Jessica Fellowes is an established writer and editor. She has worked as a gossip columnist, celebrity interviewer and lifestyle features editor for the Mail on Sunday. For four years she was Deputy Editor of Country Life. Her previous books are 'Mud & the City: dos and don'ts for townies in the country' and 'The Devil You Know: looking out for the psycho in your life.' She lives in London with her family.
"The sets and costumes are ravishing, the attention to detail painstaking and the performances are brilliant. But above all, it's a cracking story." Alex O'Connell, The Times "Downton Abbey is what television should be." Simon Heffer, The Telegraph "Downton Abbey's final episode brought the biggest audience for an episode of a new drama on any channel since 2003," Patrick Foster, The Times "Sundays won't be the same without Downton: In an age of patronising, tacky television, Downton Abbey was a true British gem. For seven weeks, Julian Fellowes's terrific series has achieved a grip on many imaginations stronger than any social drama since Upstairs, Downstairs almost 40 years ago." Max Hastings, Daily Mail 'This is a well researched, entertaining and handsomely illustrated book.' Sunday Express 'Fans of the brilliant period drama will love the exclusive photographs, and interviews with cast members in this appropriately lavish official 'making of' book.' Woman's Own
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 16th September 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Dimensions (cm): 23.9 x 19.8 x 3.2
Weight (kg): 1.11