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The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era

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The Great War has ended, but Downton Abbey is far from peaceful...

"Americans can't get enough of 'Downton Abbey,'" said The Boston Globe. As Season 3 of the award-winning TVseries opens,it is 1920 and Downton Abbey is waking up to a world changed forever by World War I.New characters arrive and new intrigues thrive as the old social order is challenged by new expectations....more
ebook, 320 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
I never really got into Downton Abbey until the latest series, but now I am an absolutely huge fan. I'm not sure why it took me so long to get into it, but thankfully this book has been released and so now I can read up on what I've missed!

When The Chronicles of Downton Abbey arrived, like any Downton fan, I was so excited to have a copy in my hands! After just a quick flick through, I already knew that I loved this book. I couldn't wait to have a better look at it. This is the 'official compan...more
Jeni
Yes, I am on the DA bandwagon, and I received this book as a gift on Friday. I finished it Sunday! Granted, there are a lot of pictures (which is awesome), but it's more than just a photo album of the series. Each of the main characters is fleshed out a little more, with more of their "background story," but there are also historical facts and information from people from that era, both servants and "above-stairs" folks. This really helps to understand the historical backdrop of the series, as w...more
Tina Rae
Dec 31, 2012 Tina Rae rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the show
Shelves: favorites
I honestly am so glad I read this book. I mean, it's a Downton book so I would've read it anyway but reading it now after finishing the third series, I am especially glad to have read it.

I'll say it now. That third series did not sit well with me. And reading this book helped.

I went into this expecting this to be a lot like the first Downton book (which was mostly about the time period and history behind the show) but it wasn't. This one went more into the motivations of the characters, their li...more
Anna
Sep 28, 2012 Anna added it
Shelves: 2012, downton-related
Really enjoyed this! It's an easy read, obviously, but fairly informative and the photographs are gorgeous. I was also pleasantly surprised by the book itself. I had expected, for the price, but get a rather cheap soft-cover book, but this is a gorgeous hard-cover with a jacket sleeve, the paper and binding are top-notch, and the design pleasing.

Most of all I enjoyed the quotes and snippets of real life. The book has a comprehensive (well, nearly) list of literature written on subjects such as...more
Tiina
Jan 02, 2013 Tiina rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Every Downton fan
A must for every Downton fan!

The pictures alone are gorgeous, I could stare at them all day long. The colors, the outfits... Wow.

The written part is terribly interesting, too. The book gives us more information about almost all of the characters (though I wish there were chapters about Jimmy and Ethel, too), their motivations and relationships, and about the 1920s in general. It's very informative and I learnt a lot of things about history as well as about my favorite characters. The writing is...more
Paula Dembeck
This is a wonderful companion piece to the Masterpiece Theater period drama Downton Abbey. It is a compendium of historical details, character sketches, actor interviews, production challenges and photographs of this much loved and popular drama series.

The production accurately portrays one of the old grand estates of prewar Britain. It was an enormous challenge to try and present the two very different worlds of the Abbey-the grand and calm upstairs world of the Crawley family and the busy belo...more
 Gigi Ann
Now that the third season of the show is under way, I am thoroughly enjoying it. This book was such a nice book to read, explaining each character with a bit of detail. It even made me like Thomas a little bit, him with his selfish, and mischievous ways.

I can't wait to see where the story is going to take Edith. I'm sure Lady Mary will do all she can to make Edith feel bad, wherever her path takes her. But I can see Edith becoming a very strong lady and very independent.

I'm not at all fond of S...more
Marcie
I'm a huge fan of Downton Abbey! If you've not had the opportunity to watch the show you need to! For those of you that are already fans or if you know someone that is. This would be a great gift for them. The Chronicles of Downton Abbey is a beautifully constructed book with gorgeous photos of the cast members. It even included the newest cast member, Shirley MacLaine. The book not only has insightful character profiles, but also interesting historical facts. Don't worry about spoilers for seas...more
Rebecca Huston
Another book for the Downton Abbey fan in your life. Lavish photography, little details, and some interesting photo spreads. While there are details, if you've seen the first episode of the third season, there really are not any spoilers. Two new characters -- Lady Grantham's mother, Mrs. Levinson, and a new footman -- are introduced in the third season, but again, no real spoilers. Worth it, although it is different from the other coffee table book that has been published. Four stars overall.

F...more
Melanie Rightmyer
I would suggest that you not read this book until you have started watching Season 3 as this book references some events that occur in Season 3.

If you love Downton Abbey you will love this book! The book is divided in sections about each of the main characters. The sections give you the story of the character, images from the movie, and pictures of items they would have had or used during that time period. This book is beautiful, from the layout, to the large glossy pictures from the movie, to...more
Amanda
This is a great book for any fan of Downton Abbey. This book is a look into the characters of Downton and what has happened to them in the prior two seasons and a look at what season 3 has in store for them. It gives a look into the new character that was added to the show, Coras mother played by Shirley Maclaine. This book has some beautiful pictures. This was a fun read and great way to fill in the time until the new season starts in January.
Christine
I got this as a Christmas present and I love it. Its worth having for the photographs alone. It gives some great background to what was happening in England at the same time as the series, both upstairs and downstairs. This is a great companion piece to a TV series I can't stop raving about.
Jacqui N
The creators of this third companion book to the show appear to understand completely what their viewers want...I know that I want to lose myself in that world, and as silly as it sounds, I want it to be more real. This book accomplishes both. Each chapter is devoted to a main character, whether they be upstairs or downstairs. Along with some cultural background being explained, reasons for a particular person acting like he or she did in the series, with insights from the actors themselves, giv...more
Sara Pauff
Porn for Downton fans. Insight into characters, odd historical facts about the era, enigmatical clues about Season 3 and lots of pretty pictures (Mary's wedding dress! Baby Branson!) A good book if you're counting the days until January.
Kristin
In comparison to the first Fellowes Downton Abbey book, this book was more focused on the characters. Each chapter examined a different role within houses of this nature (e.g. Earl, Butler, Lady's Maid). We're told about the responsibilities of this role, but also about what the person's upbringing and point of view would have been. We learn about their likely goals in life and their values. I enjoyed learning about how each sees the world.

In addition, we learn more about each specific characte...more
Megan Palasik
Yes, I'm in love with Downton Abbey and yes I bought this for myself because I have the other book.

This book was much better than the first book. This book has information about each of the characters individually up through about the middle of the third season. There is even a section about Mrs. Isidore Levinson (Martha - Cora's mother) who isn't introduced until season 3.

I loved this book. Yes, it had many photos which were great. It also had a lot of background information about each of the...more
Idril
Dies ist bereits das zweite Begleitbuch zur Erfolgsserie “Downton Abbey”. Man sollte es am besten erst lesen, nachdem man die 3. Staffel gesehen hat, um Spoiler zu vermeiden. Jessica Fellowes stellt uns die Charaktere und ihren Hintergrund hier einzeln vor. Viele davon beruhen ja tatsächlich auf Verwandten von Julian Fellowes, dem Onkel von Jessica und Schöpfer der Serie. Wie erfahren mehr über das typische Leben beispielsweise einer Küchenmagd wie Daisy, einer Hausdame wie Mrs Hughes oder auch...more
Stein
==An excellent book for big fans of Downton==
Chronicles of Downton Abbey repeats the excellence of The World of Downton Abbey with superb photography, excellent descriptive narrative, relevant historical particulars and snippets from actor interviews. This volume features individual chapters focusing on the major above stairs and below stairs characters. The writers delve into each role’s place in the fabric of this elaborate period drama. The characters’ lives come alive for readers and will ex...more
Lori Twichell
Similar to the first book, this is a coffee-table-type book with huge, glorious photos and lots of incredibly detailed descriptions to explain how much work is involved in keeping the show authentic. As someone who has worked on film sets, I remain highly impressed with the caliber of the production on the program and the book matches that same level of perfection. With intricate detail, the authors share what seems like every single thing that goes into a project of this magnitude. From the foo...more
carissa
"The Chronicles of Downton Abbey, carefully pieced together at the heart and hearth of the ancestral home of the Crawleys, takes readers deeper into the story of every important member of the Downton estate.This lavish, entirely new book focuses on each character individually, examining their motivations, their actions, and the inspirations behind them."-- Publisher's description.
Alison
I really enjoyed this book! It wasn't just the information about all the characters that made it so interesting, it was the background history about that time period that really added something extra. It helped to explain why characters acted the way they did. Such as information about what was happening in Ireland at that time... this really helped to understand Branson a lot. And also accounts from actual people who used to live and work in houses like Downton.

There's also a section at the en...more
Sarah
The Official companion to all three seasons
The Great War has eneded, but Downton Abbey is far from peaceful.
A changing world has brought new challenges and new guests, and inside the walls of the Great House there is more intrigue, rivalry and romance than ever. The Chronicles of Downton Abbey takes you deep into the lives of the Crawleys, their servants, lovers, friends and guests. So wander the crowded servant's quarters and peek into luxurious bed chambers. Go beneath the surface, and experie...more
Kathaileen
This book focuses on each character individually, examining their motivations, their actions, and the inspirations behind them. It is interesting to see how all that is translated into their clothing, accessories, etc.
Linda
I like this being the first book of the New Year for me, it was also the perfect book for someone flat on her back on the couch with a cold. It made me feel a lot better, after all I don't have to worry about succumbing to the Spanish Flu since I've had a flu shot.

Instead, I could feast on beautiful pictures and just the right amount of prose for someone not feeling up to a lot of heavy reading. It is a heavy book in terms of size.

For those who haven't yet seen Season 3, there aren't any huge s...more
Rebecca Holland
Downton Abbey is a television series that has become the new Dallas, Knots Landing, Falcon Crest, Young In the Restless, and Eight Is Enough rolled into one - and it is the show that you can't get enough of.

And this companion book, Jessica Fellowes and Matthew Sturgis have crafted a book that you will want to keep out for all to see. It is a piece of artwork so inviting and appealing that you won't not want to treasure it.

The characters, the history and all other things vital to Downton Abbey's...more
Jodie
I absolutely love this show. I think that the characters have some interesting storylines and this book was the perfect companion to the series that I love.
Miss Clark
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Pam
Perfect companion to the TV series. This is a great book for any Downton fans who can't get enough of the show. It is full of really gorgeous photographs of the actors/characters and settings. There are profiles of each of the major characters along with quotes from the actors who play them. In addition, the book is full of illuminating historical, political and cultural information that adds to the understanding of the characters and events of the TV show. And lastly, there are pages of period...more
Mary Anne
Anyone who is currently addicted to DA NEEDS to read this book! Honestly, I have only just started it, and I am simply loving it. I have watched the entire DA series 3 (3!) times, each time seeing something new, or adding more to my understanding of English societal structure and the world in the midst of war. This book adds onto what the series provides, and gives more of the backstory to support the traditions.

Julian Fellowes does an outstanding Forward to this book, and the pictures are simp...more
Heather Lowther
Fantastic photos and stories behind each character from Lord and Lady Grantham to Anna! :) A great coffee table book!! :)
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