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The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,751 ratings  ·  203 reviews
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 TV series 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 expectatio
ebook, 320 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-fiction
Exactly what you'd expect: highlights from the show, cast and real-life castles. It's a beautiful book, a must-read for any fans... and if you've not seen the show, it's a good intro!
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
As a companion to the television series, I did like this book but I do have to admit that I liked it less than the first companion that was released. This installment follows the television show from seasons 1-3 (without really mentioning or spoiling the most important moments of season three). I was actually interested in reading about what had happened in season three so I was disappointed to see that some very key moments weren't included. I guess season three onward will be addressed in the ...more
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, 2019
“Filming is a bit like life in service – there’s a lot of waiting and then moments of frenetic activity.” As a follow-up to The World of Downton Abbey, this is a slight disappointment. Irritatingly, there is a lot of repetition from the previous book. Despite the fact that it is thematically divided by character, it doesn’t necessarily follow narrative arcs. Despite being billed as a Season 3 companion, there is no comment from the writers about how this season developed partly in response to th ...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
As Informative As It Is Elegant

As a Downton Abbey addict, I love the idea of a companion novel that combines the spirit and stunning visuals of the program with interesting history and facts about these characters and the time period they lived in. A few years ago I read and thoroughly enjoyed The World of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes and I’m so delighted to see that she has followed up that first companion novel with three more!!

As a person who loves character-driven stories, analyzing per
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As an avid Downton Abbey fan, this book was right up my alley as it gives an in-depth look to all the characters that we grew to love, along with the castle itself (which is actually Highclere Castle in the U.K.).

It's filled with wonderful photographs, and details the lives of both the upstairs and downstairs characters and how WWI continued to impact their lives after it ended.

I got this from the library, but I intend to buy my own copy to read again and again.
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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
Tina Rae
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Christopher Hicks
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a really fun read. I recommend it to any fan of the show. It gives an in depth look at the sets, characters and storylines. It's also filled with beautiful photos of the cast and sets.
Paula Dembeck
Aug 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Every Downton fan
Shelves: i-own-a-copy
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
This had too many photos. I honestly think if you're interested in more details about the show read the published scripts for seasons 1-3.
In all honesty this felt like fluff to capitalize on the success of the show.
 Gigi Ann
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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.

Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Melanie Rightmyer
Feb 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
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
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sara Pauff
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
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.
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had a difficult time getting excited about the approach of this book at first. It breaks the characters down into chapters and then addresses their lives and situations. My difficulty was that instead of using language that equates the characters with real-life counterparts it treats them as real people. An example, instead of saying: Anna Bates is a character based on a head housemaid who becomes a proper ladies made with the marriage of the daughter she cares for. They say: Anna Bates is a h ...more
Ettie Andrews
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Released before the series 3 premiere, this book details the characters and their stories from the first two series and what might lay in their futures. This means it's a little dated since most fans will have seen the rest of the series by now, but it's still a good companion to the series. It delves into motivations, historical context, and behind the scenes tidbits accompanied by episode stills and quotes. If any of that interests you, then you should enjoy this book.
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a delightful and more in-depth look at individual characters in the series. This was written either during or right before series 3, but it does not spoil anything! I would love to see another of these that covers the rest of the series and I very much love the various historical facts that are written in as well about society, fashion and the like that I have not known before! Such a wonderful read.
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Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you are a fan of the show, this is a nice read. It gives background to the history of the time, nothing to detailed, but a good overview of political and social happening of the day and how they were brought out in the show.
Laura Dallas
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I so enjoyed having this book to read when I had no more episodes of the show to watch. It gives lots of background on the characters, history, and filming of the series with beautiful photographs and memorabilia throughout.
Christine Sinclair
Great photos and background info on most of the characters in Downton Abbey (Season 3). In addition, there are many historical references to the times in England after World War I. A very enjoyable book!
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, 2018
This is a cool book about Downton Abbey.
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#26 of 120 books pledged to read in 2018
Excellent primer for anyone who wants to learn more about the characters in the first three series of Downton Abbey!
Kristin Eoff
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Great photos and background information about each character, as well as historical notes about the time period. A wonderful gift for any Downton Abbey fan.
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