A Day in the Life of Downton Abbey: Seasonal Celebrations, Traditions, and Recipes — Jessica Fellowes

Are you ready for Season Five? You do have your calendar marked for the Season Premiere on PBS on January 4, right?

Are you properly prepared for all of the events and celebrations of the great estate? No?  Well, my dear, this book is an absolute must for you.....

American fans are eagerly anticipating the continuing upstairs-downstairs upheavals and ruffling of feather in the upcoming season. There is perhaps no better way to immerse ourselves in anticipation of the season than with this celebration orchestrated by Jessica Fellowes (The World of Downton Abbey), the niece of show creator Julian Fellowes, who contributes its introduction.

A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey presents the house keys to four seasons of festivities fit for the aristocrats of this mansion abode; everything from Easter and Christmas to debutante galas and feasts for the hunt. Complete with recipes!

It's 1924 and there have been many changes at Downton Abbey since the family and their servants first welcomed us there twelve years ago. A generation of men has been tragically lost at the front; children are once again breathing new life into the great house; a chauffeur now sits at the Grantham dinner table; and skirt hems continue to rise.

Still, in the midst of all this upheaval, many things at Downton remain largely unchanged. Nanny still holds sway in the nursery, and there are still summer fetes to be organized, menus to be planned, and farms to be run. 

This new, gorgeous book explores the seasonal events and celebrations of the great estate—including house parties, debutantes, the London Season, yearly trips to Scotland, the sporting season, and, of course, the cherished rituals of Christmas.

Jessica Fellowes and the creative team behind Downton Abbey invite us to peer through the prism of the house as we learn more about the lives of our favorite characters, the actors who play them, and those who bring this exquisite world to real life. 

A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey is packed full of exclusive new photographs, with a delicious array of traditional British recipes adapted for modern kitchens: kedgeree, orange marmalade, asparagus tarts, cream of watercress soup, Irish stew, lemon barley water, meringues with red berries, parmesan straws, Christmas pudding with brandy butter and more.

From the moment when the servants light the fires against the chill of January, through the last family game of charades and the servants' Christmas ball, this magnificent book invites us to take part in twelve months in the life of Downton Abbey.


  • JESSICA FELLOWES is the New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of The Chronicles of Downton Abbey and The World of Downton Abbey.She is a journalist and the former Deputy Editor of Country Life, and the niece of Julian Fellowes.
  • JULIAN FELLOWES is the writer and creator of the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning TV series Downton Abbey. He is also the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Gosford Park and the author of the New York Timesbestselling novel Snobs


  • St. Martin's Press
  • October 2014
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9781250065384
  • ISBN10: 1250065380
  • 7.80 x 9.96 inches, 320 pages
  • Includes color photographs throughout

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