Sunday, February 10, 2013

Dotty about Downton

Tonight marks the penultimate episode of PBS' Masterpiece Classic Downton Abbey, Season 3!  Can you not get enough of the drama?  Ready to watch Season 4 already? (Or perhaps you haven't watched Season 3 yet - place your hold now!)  ABC Library can help.  We have several items in the catalog you can use to while away the long hours between episodes, pique your interest in Edwardian England, and feed your daydreams about Matthew Crawley.


The World of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes

Below Stairs: The Classic Kitchen Maid's Memoir that Inspired "Upstairs, Downstairs" and "Downton Abbey" by Margaret Powell

Real Life Downton Abbey: How Life Was Really Lived in Stately Homes a Century Ago by Jacky Hyams [eBook only in our catalog]

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle by The Countess of Carnarvon

The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook: From Lady Mary's Crab CanapĂ©s to Mrs. Patmore's Christmas Pudding - More than 150 Recipes from Upstairs and Downstairs by Emily Ansara Baines

Servants' Hall: A Real Life Upstairs, Downstairs Romance by Margaret Powell

Life Below Stairs: True Lives of Edwardian Servants by Alison Maloney

Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor by Rosina Harrison

The Perfect Summer: England 1911, Just Before the Storm and The Great Silence: Britain from the Shadow of the First World War to the Dawn of the Jazz Age by Juliet Nicolson

Bright Young People: The Lost Generation of London's Jazz Age by D.J. Taylor

The Titled Americans: Three American Sisters and the British Aristocratic World into Which They Married by Elisabeth Kehoe

Habits of the House by Fay Weldon

Park Lane by Frances Osborne

Ashenden by Elizabeth Wilhide

The Edwardians by V. Sackville West

The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin

The House at Riverton by Kate Morton

The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy

Past Imperfect by Julian Fellowes


Upstairs, Downstairs (original series)

Manor House

House of Eliott

The Forsyte Saga

Before there was Downton Abbey, screenwriter Julian Fellowes collaborated with director Robert Altman on an upstairs-downstairs drama called Gosford Park, starring a regular who's who of of English actors, including Maggie Smith!  Also check out The Remains of the Day.

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