Friday, January 13, 2012

The World of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes



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.
(from Amazon)

my thoughts:

Are you a fan of Masterpiece Theatre's Downton Abbey? Are you enthralled with all things related to the upstairs/downstairs world of the characters and their secrets and heartaches? Then this delightful and beautiful hardbound edition, The World of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes, is for you!

For the ultimate Downton Abbey fan, there is glorious photography with text on the following chapters:

Family Life
Society
Change
Life in Service
Style
House and Estate
Romance
War
Behind the Scenes

It also includes suggestions for further reading on related topics which is very helpful.

The inside photographs and text are copyrighted material so I am not able to illustrate the content here, but click here to go to Amazon.com to view examples of the photography and content. My copy is staying on my coffee table for constant enjoyment! I love it!

Title: The World of Downton Abbey: The Official Companion to Seasons 1 and 2
Author: Jessica Fellowes
December 2011
St. Martin's Press
304 pages

8 comments:

Anjuli said...

This has become my absolute favorite series. I just discovered it a few months ago- and watched through the entire first season on Netflix- now I've set my DVR to record all episodes of season two as they appear.

I'm sure this book is delightful- makes for a great coffee table book!!

Anne said...

I have been loving Downton Abbey. The book looks wonderful, I am sure there are lots of great pics in it that I would love to look at!

Melissa @ Confessions of an Avid Reader said...

Okay. I want this book. So, I'm going to order it :-)

Thanks for featuring this one, Joanne.

Staci said...

My hubby left today to go snowmobiling for the weekend so guess what I will be doing? Yep, watching Downton Abbey!!

Joanne said...

Hey, y'all -- it's been a long time since I've been this wrapped up in a series! Ordered season 1 on dvd to enjoy all over again while waiting for season 2 weekly episodes!

Kathy said...

I watched the first season of it last week. I LOVE it!!
I think I have a crush on Mr. Bates. His budding romance with Anna just melts my heart!

Ruth said...

I have a copy of this book that I've been flipping through...haven't really dived in yet since I'm leery of Season 2 spoilers. :)

Melissa @ Confessions of an Avid Reader said...

Hi Joanne - can you do me a favour and make sure you can still post on my blog? I have switched back to embedded comments to take advantage of the new reply feature (it doesn't work with the pop-up comment box). But you had trouble posted with embedded previously, and since you're a regular visitor I want to make sure you can still post :-)

Looking forward to watching episode 2 of Downton tonight!!

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