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The World of Downton Abbey Hardcover – December 6, 2011
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“This extraordinary upstairs-downstairs drama, written by Oscar-winning 'Gosford Park' screenwriter Julian Fellowes, is a dramatic, intelligent, soapy, comic, and wise piece of work.” ―The Boston Globe on Downton Abbey
“There is no mystery about the potency of this series, slathered in wit, powered by storytelling of a high order.” ―The Wall Street Journal on Downton Abbey
“Possibly the best show of the year...'Downton Abbey' is all that 'Upstairs, Downstairs' was, and more.” ―The Los Angeles Times on Downton Abbey
About the Author
JESSICA FELLOWES, is the author of The World of Downton Abbey, based on the Emmy Award winning television series, Downton Abbey. She is a journalist and the former Deputy Editor of Country Life, as well as the niece of Julian Fellowes. She lives in London with her husband and son.
JULIAN FELLOWES is the Emmy Award-winning writer and creator of the TV series Downton Abbey. He is also the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Gosford Park and the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Snobs. He lives in London and Dorset.
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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.
I purchased the kindle version and later found at least one of the photos wasn't in the kindle version. I think the ebook versions should be clearly described if there are edits and omitted text or omitted photos that are in the print versions. Ideally technology should adapt pictorial works in full glory for ebook versions or the publisher should abstain from selling an ebook without full disclosure.
I will think twice before purchasing any ebook version of an illustrated book. I do wish Amazon would disclose any variations between the print and kindle versions.
Great to have a written account and photos in this great book.
Lots of stuff on "service" and where in the hierarchy each job fell. And just as much on "society" such as how American heiresses became known as "buccaneers".
Beautiful, lovely book, good to look at when you need a quick Downton "fix".