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The World of Downton Abbey [Hardcover]

Jessica Fellowes
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Book Description

15 Sep 2011

The official companion to series 1 and 2.

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.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; 1st Edition edition (15 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007431783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007431786
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 19.3 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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

“Downton Abbey’s final episode brought the biggest audience for an episode of a new drama on any channel since 2003,” Patrick Foster, The Times

“Sundays won't be the same without Downton: In an age of patronising, tacky television, Downton Abbey was a true British gem. For seven weeks, Julian Fellowes’s terrific series has achieved a grip on many imaginations stronger than any social drama since Upstairs, Downstairs almost 40 years ago.” Max Hastings, Daily Mail

‘This is a well researched, entertaining and handsomely illustrated book.’ Sunday Express

‘Fans of the brilliant period drama will love the exclusive photographs, and interviews with cast members in this appropriately lavish official ‘making of’ book.’ Woman’s Own

About the Author

Jessica Fellowes is an established writer and editor. She has worked as a gossip columnist, celebrity interviewer and lifestyle features editor for the Mail on Sunday. For four years she was Deputy Editor of Country Life. Her previous books are 'Mud & the City: dos and don'ts for townies in the country' and 'The Devil You Know: looking out for the psycho in your life.' She lives in London with her family.

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123 of 123 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly beautiful companion book! 30 Sep 2011
The World of Downton Abbey" is a beautiful companion book to this wonderful television show --- you can see that it was put together with a lot of thought and attention to detail! It is a hardcover book printed on glossy paper, and on its 303 pages it offers a wealth of pictures and information.

The book begins with a foreword by series creator Julian Fellowes and is split into 9 different sections after that:

Family Life
Life in Service
House & Estate
Behind the Scenes

It contains not only tons of background information about the show but also lots of interesting tidbits about life shortly before and during the First World War. There are lots of pictures from the show, of course, but also original photos from the era it is set in as well as war posters, costume sketches, etc.!

In my opinion, The World of Downton Abbey" is one of the most gorgeous and lavishly designed companion books ever to come along!
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure magic........ 28 Sep 2011
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This book is a must to accompany the series. It tells you a few secrets without give too much away. The photo are wonderful and it's a lovely book to leave around on the coffee table. If you only buy one book this year, make sure it's this one. I'm sure like any other Downton Abbey fan, you'll love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality book, well worth the price. 10 Oct 2011
Despite having read other reviews, I was still pleasantly surprised to see the quality of this book. The presentation is absolutely beautiful with a hardcover and glossy dustjacket, it has full colour images throughout and fascinating, well written content that covers not just the behind-the-scenes of the show, but exactly how everything fits into the historical context. Highly recommended.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Stunning 9 Oct 2011
This book scored me so many Brownie points with the wife...

It is packed with information in a way that is so easy to dip in and out of. My wife is addicted to her iPad but she has even laid that to one side to read this book.

The photographs and imagery are excellent - I am a Professional Photographer and Graphic Designer & very fussy.

This book would deserve 10 stars at double the price! Superb!
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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More 'Uptown' than Downton..... 17 Sep 2011
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This is a fantastic book!!!!The information on the making of Downton Abbey and with the 'behind the scenes' colour photos makes this book just the one to have on the coffee table.I can guarantee that for anyone that's interested in period dramas this is a must have book.There is also plenty of interesting historical facts spread through it's pages.This is book I shall be reading for a good long time.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The World of Downton Abbey 6 Oct 2011
What a book!!! I couldn't put it down it's absolutely fascinating. Clearly written and beautifully photographed. This book is a must for all lovers of the TV series. The added information given from people who have actually been involved in the day to day running of large houses just added to the pleasure of the whole book. It will certianly be a book I will go back to again and again.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of the World of Downton Abbey 9 Oct 2011
A delightful and beautifully produced book, giving an insight into the background of the story and the views of the actors taking part. Ths is a book that one can dip in annd out of as and when and discover something new and undiscovered before. Amazon have produced this book at an amazing price, and it has been a pleasure to read it and shall continue to read it. A quality book and a necessity if one is a fan of Downton Abbey. I recommend this book whole-heartedly
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking 21 Sep 2011
For any fan of Downton Abbey this book is a must have.

With the most beautiful photography I have ever seen in any book and the wonderful mix of Behind the scenes, character portrayal and titbits from the era it is totally compelling.

I sincerely hope Jessica Fellowes will write more for this outstanding show.
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