- Audio CD
- Publisher: Harpercollins Audio; Abridged edition edition (2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007440413
- ISBN-13: 978-0007440412
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 5.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (436 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,466,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The World of Downton Abbey
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It contains sections on family life, society, change, life in service, style, house and estate, romance, WWI and behind the scenes. The writer, Julian Fellowes pens an eloquent introduction that sums up the series and book perfectly..."the shadows of what used to be". A page of portraits introduces us to the characters.
This is a story not only of the filming, but a way of life - in fact two ways of life - the aristocracy and those in service. It is well explained, in an interesting manner, the difficulties and advantages both classes had. We learn how and why American heiresses became the wives of many of the English aristocracy and what the differences in philosophies of the two were.
The social history is described, again of both classes and why they behaved as they did. There are historical pictures and inserts that are relevant. We learn so completely what this period of Edwardian history was like and also how the filming of this series was accomplished. The creating of the costumes is thoroughly detailed. There are some comments from the actors themselves, but the star of this book is the era itself.
This is a book for Anglophiles, fans of Downton Abbey, those interested in English history especially of the Edwardian- WWI period and a social commentary on the English classes, It would be appropriate for anyone interested in filming and costume making also - a book that absolutely countless readers would enjoy.
Fellowes (Jessica, that is), takes us literally through the world of Downton Abbey, starting with family life, touching on society and its changes, life belowstairs, fashion of the age, the function of the country estate, romantic relationships, and war. Last but not least is the chapter devoted to behind the scenes of the series, though the entire book is interspersed with tidbits of the actual production. The amount of work that goes into creating this incredible high drama is astounding, and without pictures of the sets and costumes and crew I would find it difficult to believe this wasn't pulled together with the wave of a wand.
Best yet are the mini-interviews from the cast and crew, whose interesting-and sometimes entertaining-recollections of filming series one and two (based on the synopses I've placed on the site, the book hints at happenings up to the second or third episode) are a treat. The one that stands out to me is historical adviser Alastair Bruce's conversation with Sophie McShera (Daisy), who complained that she never got to see the house since, as scullery maid, Daisy rarely left the kitchens!Read more ›
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Wow I love this book, beautiful color photos throughout, lots of interesting text too...Published 6 days ago by Faye Nordquist
Bought this as a gift to my older sister who's a huge fan! She loves it and has added it to her coffee table books so she can browse through it often.Published 10 days ago by Sheila Holland
Gave this as a gift to a true Downton Abbey fan and she shared it with me. If you love the show you will enjoy the book. Read morePublished 13 days ago by jules613
THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN A TRUE STORY ABOUT THE ENGLISH, THEIR LIVES, FAMILY, CHILDREN,SERVENTS AND HOMES THEY LIVED IN.Published 4 months ago by Christina Toon