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Written for me!!,
This review is from: Real Life Downton Abbey: How Life Was Really Lived in Stately Homes a Century Ago (Kindle Edition)
After having finished watching the first two series of Downton Abbey (for the first time), I was curious to know more about the life style. This book was written just for that purpose. It is not a scholarly approach-the author writes in a breezy, informal style. She covered everything I thought to wonder about and then some. She does make occasional refences to the characters in the show, as a means of illustration, but not often. I was not looking for anything indepth or too detailed-the few topics I wanted to explore further (mostly real life people she used as examples), I was easily able to find on the web.
Because the author is British I had to look up a few of her terms, for example toff, which she uses throughout the book. According to my dictionary it is an informal British term for a fashionable upper-class person. A fun word that exemplifies the entertaining aspect of this book.