Millions of television viewers tuned in to their PBS stations to watch the first season of "Downton Abbey." The popularity and critical acclaim brought millions more to join in for successive seasons of the mini-series to follow the wealthy, aristocratic Crawley family as they went from the privileged world of Victorian high society through the turbulence of World War I and World War II.
Garnering a host of nominations and awards in everything from costume to acting to set design, viewers who can't get enough can turn to Jessica Fellows' "The World of Downton Abbey" to learn more about the people, places and history of both the upper crust and servant classes featured in the mini-series.
The audiobook is narrated by Elizabeth McGovern, the actress who plays Lady Grantham in the Downton Abbey series. She joins forces with the author to provide more information about the Edwardian era in Britain, including family life, upper class manor houses, society, lives of the servant classes, historical events such as World War I and World War II and the enormous changes brought about over the years.
For those who were captivated by the lavish, authentic costumes of the series, the audiobook describes the making of the costumes and accessories. While Anglophiles will find insights into Edwardian and WWI societies, those interested in the American-British dynamics won't be disappointed. Fellowes goes into depth about the marriages of convenience between wealthy American heiresses and titled, sometimes financially faltering British equivalents and the ramifications of antiquated inheritance and peerage laws.
Jessica Fellows is the best-selling writer of a number of books based on the "Downton Abbey" PBS series. Fellowes is the niece of Lord Julian Fellowes, the Emmy-winning and Oscar-winning author of the Downton Abbey series. She has done extensive research on the background, the history, and the characters of the period as well as the house and locale as well.
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 historical detail, takes fans deeper into that period than ever before. Step inside one of the most beautiful houses in Britain, past Carson the butler at the front door and into the grand hallway. Catch a glimpse of the family having drinks in the drawing room before dinner, dressed in their evening finery, whilst Lord Grantham finishes writing a letter in his study. Then climb the grand sweeping staircase to the maze of rooms upstairs and peak through Lady Mary’s open door to see Anna, her maid, tidying scent bottles and jewelry on the ornate dressing table. Follow Anna down the servants’ stairs and into the kitchens to watch Mrs Patmore frantically preparing dinner. Mrs Hughes keeps a watchful eye from her study and the world of Downton comes alive before you. Experience the inner workings of the downstairs life and be dazzled by the glamour of upstairs life with profiles of all the major characters, interviews with the actors, behind the scenes insights and in-depth information on costumes and props. Download and start listening now!