The World of Downton Abbey
TEXT ONLY EB EDITION
Downton Abbey has captured the imagination of the nation. Written by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes the show has become the benchmark for quality drama, and a commentary on all things British.
Downton Abbey portrays a world of elegance and decadence, a world of duty and obedience and a world of romance and rivalry: this companion book, full of rich...more
As a huge fan of the Downton Abbey TV series, I was thrilled to find this book beckoning to me from the library’s front desk display.
It’s a lovely book with gorgeous photos and historical information about British life during the World War I era. It shows the contrasts between the wealthy Crawley family and the servants below stairs and goes into detail about the servants’ duties and the hierarchy within the staff. There are also tidbits about the people and places that...more
There is much about the show, including many terrific photos, behind the scenes information about settings and characters, etc. etc.
There is also a lot of non-fiction historical information about the period.
I enjoyed it all.
It’s a beautiful coffee table type book, with quite a bit of substance.
I kind of rushed through the last couple chapters (unfortunately) because it’s due back at the library and there is a queue...more
This attractive book practically jumped off the library shelf into my arms. I could not resist the temptation to peruse these pages after savoring each episode of the companion Masterpiece presentation.
This is a lovely book, with fine, detailed photography. It was a pleasure poring over the pictures and reviewing the stories of each character, each episode and each place. The clarity of the photos seemed to again bring alive all those people and the residen...more
1 star deducted because some parts seemed a bit disorganized in the presentation. Otherwise, great stuff for those of us going through Downton Abbey withdrawal symptons.
The book begins with a foreword by series creator Julian Fellowes and is split into 9 different sections after that:
Life in Service
House & Estate
Everything from family life to life...more
For those like myself who, have watched and re-watched every blessed minute, yet, just can’t get enough of the award winning ITV/PBS television mini-series Downton Abbey and are in total Downton withdrawal, may I suggests this stunning full-color coffee table-sized book about the series, THE WORLD OF DOWNTON ABBEY?
The publisher touts it as a “lavish look...more
Fans of the ITV/PBS miniseries will delight in learning more about the Edwardian time period, the daily routines and lifestyles of aristocrats and servants,...more
Source: Public Library
The pictures are beautiful and this is an absolutely gorgeous book to behold! But even more important than stunning eye candy, this book is filled with wonderful historical stories, ephemera from the time period, and suggestions for further reading and viewing. Let's take a look inside, shall we?
Family Life- the author...more
There is a nice mix of information about the history of the time and place in which Downton Abbey is set, juicy gossip about the royalty and aristocrats of the time, fascinating information in great detail about the lives of both the aristocratic families and the servants. Far from boring, this book is a real treat and it comes with beautiful full color photos of th...more
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In the popular series Downton Abbey, Lord Grantham remarked,"My dear fellow. We all have chapters we would rather keep unpublished."
I am glad this companion book to the series was published so I could better understand the culture and history of England.
This book contains beautiful pictures from the series and the actual time period, as well as, chapters on:
Life in Service
House and Estate
Behind the Scenes
I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys...more
As a fan of the show Downton Abbey I was excited to learn some new information about season 1 and gain some insight into season 2. Instead what I received was both information about series 1 and 2 and an exciting history lesson on the early 20th century.
I was really surprised at how much depth and history the novel went into regarding the life the characters would have lived. Topics included Society, War, Romance, Fashion, Life in Service etc.
It provides information...more
It puts the tv series in historical context, explaning how the aristocrats lived, how life in service was, and the social and political background.
As I tend to be kind of obsessive when I really like a show, I knew some of this stuff already, but it was an interesting read nonetheless, with insights as to how Julian Fellowes came up with some of the ideas for the plot.
I found particul...more
The book would have benefited from having more stories tied to the photographs. Some where, but not all. Some quotes of characters/actors were on photographs that they weren't even in the picture. It was distracting.
The text was overwhelmed by the photos...it was hard to keep reading in order.
But all in all, I...more
It is a beautiful book, lavishly illustrated with photos from the series and historical...more
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