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Journeys in Time
Journeys in Time
by Elspeth Leacock
Edition: Library Binding

5.0 out of 5 stars An all-age treat, November 5, 2013
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This is a great gift for my grandchildren. The illustrations are spectacular and all the information is easily understood. The book
really brings history to life. I look forward to others in this series.

The World of Downton Abbey
The World of Downton Abbey
by Jessica Fellowes
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $21.20
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Glorious pictures, August 12, 2012
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"The World of Downton Abby" is a companion book to the wonderful television series, but really doesn't give the reader much
"behind the scenes" information. The photography in the book is glorious. There are very few interviews with the actors and
not a word from Maggie Smith who is the spice of the show. The book is interesting. It does explain just how the series
was developed but not how the actors were cast. There is a brief explaination of how Highclere Castle was chosen and how
the sets in London were built, furnished and some of the technical problems of shooting in multiple locations. The section
on the war scenes is very interesting and shows how much investigation has gone into making everything authentic. Explaining
how the dresses were made is also quite well done, however I would have enjoyed more information on just how the work is shot,
more interviews with the actors and more information about the set construction and decoration. If you want a picture book,
buy this one. If you want information, pass.
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Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle
Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle
by Countess of. Fiona Carnarvon
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.22
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read, August 12, 2012
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This is an interesting book to read if you are a "Downton Abby" watcher. The author is the current Countess at Highclere Castle and has done a great deal of digging to make the book's characters come to life. This is really a "golden age" if you have access to the gold. If not, life is really pretty grim. The Countess divides her narrative between the upstairs and downstairs but keeps the main spotlight on Lady Almina. There are a great number of relatives, and sometimes the reader looses track of "who is who" and exactly how they fit into the scheme of things, but a little backtracking can clear up any confusion. The most interesting sections of the book concern the First World War, its influence on the entire population of Europe, and the ramifications of the peace treaty. I wish there had been more included about the digs in Egypt and the discovery of King Tut's tomb,however I think that the author felt that Lady Almina had a secondary role in that endeavor, and she was the focus of the book. This is not a "heavy" read. The Countess writing style is very conversational, and she tries to bring the reader into the atmosphere of the castle; how the house was run, how each person's role was important, how upstairs and downstairs were equally dependent on the other. The creators and writers of the "Downton Abby" series have done the history of "their castle" proud and have listened to the stories of both owners and staff of this lovely house. "Lady Almina" explains a great deal about the everyday life of an Victorian/Edwardian lady of society.

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