Happy Monday, Darlings! As Violet Crawley might say, “What is a weekend?” We may not be ladies of leisure but reading is my favorite luxury. I am jealous of the library in Highclere Castle–where they film Downton Abbey (while I also envy the library in Beauty and the Beast).
I happen to be a fan of Downton Abbey and now that it’s off the screen for a bit and coming back for it’s last season (can you even imagine?), I’ve rounded up some books for Downton Abbey fans. These books are different in their own right–but all transport one in some way back into that world. I didn’t include the classics but don’t forget them–anything by Edith Warton or let’s say, E.M. Forrester’s A Room with a View.
This book is nearly Downton Abbey in book form. It includes romance torn apart by WWI, class divisions, multiple character arcs intertwining. Just like with Matthew and Mary, you want to yell at the characters and hug them at the same time. From the the home front to the actual war front to the nursing corps, this book is filled with longing and love, hope and despair.
Beginning when Downton Abbey starts in Series 1 (before WWI), like the show, this is a family’s saga that spans decades and tells the story of the Lytton Family, starting with Celia who marries into the family. She’s the daughter of the gentry and falls for a man who runs a publishing house. The story begins with them and tells their children’s stories as the years go by and they become adults. The writing is great and the whole series is an epic in the best way.
For full disclosure, I read this in Italian and I need to reread this in English. If you aren’t aware, Julian Fellows writes the entire show. So why not enjoy a book he’s written too? This is an insider’s view of modern British aristocracy and though contemporary version, the dry wit you love about Downton resides in Snobs since Fellows writes them both.
This is a nonfiction book but is written in such an interesting and compelling narrative form. It’s anything but a dry history book. It is all about the time leading up to the war. If you like history and gorgeous writing and Downton Abbey, you’ll love this one. With such detail and beautiful writing, you wouldn’t read this in a classroom yet you learn so much. You’re able to experience the world of Mary, Edith, and Sybil and with such vivid detail.
This one is a mystery I couldn’t put down and ended up recommending it to my nonna’s book club (yeah, she’s cool like that). Told from Grace’s point of view (she’s downstairs–to use language from Downton and the time period) at the end of her life, it involves the loves and romances and mystery of two sisters who live very similarly to Crawley ladies. She’s kept a secret for a very long time. Alternating between how that secret came to be (in present tense) and the end of Grace’s life (also in present tense), it’s great. I enjoyed Morton’s other books as well.
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