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A Wonderful Companion to the series.,
This review is from: The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era (Hardcover)
Having seen the original upstairs/downstairs series in the 70's, I had been somewhat sceptical of the Downton Abbey TV series. No longer. There is ample evidence of its virtues and popularity apart from my own perception but amongst other reviews of series 1&2. This is THE book that takes us through series 3, introducing and writing portraits that explain and expand the characters. Only two TV episodes so far aired, but the magical formula is still twinkling. Never afraid of progress, Julian Fellowes has a captive audience. Having this means my wife is not pestered with the 'who is that'? 'what's going on?' annoying remarks.
This book is lavishly illustrated and written as a complement and guide to the series 3. Never a give away in the plot, but what Jessica Fellowes and Matthew Sterges have done is to produce an in-depth and wonderful colourful in-depth portrayal of the characters in the series,following Cora's American connection bursting onto the scene. The plot sails on. The book is purely enchanting, preferably read in conjuction with the series but it is not a necessity, but if you have never heard of 'Downton' (incarcerated in the shed or head in the sand ostrich style, perhaps?), it is addictvely entertaining. A wonderful, professional book to accompany a wonderful professional series. If you are a fan of the series, the book enlivens the programme and is very much recommended. Thoroughly enjoyable. Another book to keep on the table for a thumb-through.
P.S. Since writing this, series 3 has been completed. I found the book even more valuable with the brilliant character changes and twists.