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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 jewellery 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.

©2011 Jessica Fellowes (P)2011 Harper Collins

Critic reviews

"The sets and costumes are ravishing, the attention to detail painstaking and the performances are brilliant. But above all, it's a cracking story." (Alex O'Connell, The Times)
Downton Abbey is what television should be.” (Simon Heffer, The Telegraph)
"Sundays won't be the same without Downton: In an age of patronising, tacky television, Downton Abbey was a true British gem." (Max Hastings, Daily Mail)

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Fantastic book, read well

Thoroughly enjoyed Elizabeth's accents and impersonation of Julian Fellows!!!! Great book and good social history.

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