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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Not since Upstairs Downstairs has a PBS television drama series caused so much water cooler conversation. In a word, "Americans can't get enough of 'Downton Abbey,'" said The Boston Globe.
The same can be said worldwide as fans eagerly await the next Dowager Countess classic comment. Leading up to season 3, the Great War has ended, but Downton is far from peaceful. Both the upstairs and downstairs inhabitants are waking up to a world forever changed by World War I.
Written by Jessica Fellowes and Matthew Sturgis (see About the Authors below), The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era, the official companion book to the first two seasons of Downton Abbey and perfect addition to your Downton Abbey library, includes a forward written by series creator/writer, Julian Fellowes (see About the Authors below) and focuses on each character individually, examining their motivations, their actions, and the inspirations behind them.
A combination of story, history, and behind-the-scenes drama (one can only imagine a room complete with both Shirley MacLaine, who plays the mother of American-born, Cora Crawley, and the Dowager Countess herself, Dame Maggie Smith), The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era gets right to the heart of the Crawley estate.
Containing numerous photos and incredibly detailed descriptions which explain how much work is involved in keeping the show authentic, this 320-page coffee table-sized book is an absolute must for any Downton Abbey fan. If you love Downton Abbey you will love this book!
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JESSICA FELLOWES, daughter of series creator, Julian Fellowes, is the New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of The World of Downton Abbey. Formerly the Deputy Editor of Country Life, she has also been a columnist for the London Paper. Jessica also writes for the Daily Telegraph, Telegraph Weekend, The Lady and Sunday Times Style, and lives with her family in London.
MATTHEW STURGIS is a writer and critic who has written for Harpers & Queen, The Sunday Telegraph, and The Independent on Sunday. He is the author of Passionate Attitudes: the English Decadence of the 1890s and the highly-praised Aubrey Beardsley. He lives in London.
JULIAN FELLOWES is the creator, writer, and executor producer of Downton Abbey, which won six Emmy Awards and the Golden Globe for best mini-series. Previously, he won the Academy Award for best original screenplay for Gosford Park, and wrote the bestselling novels Snobs and Past Imperfect. A member of the House of Lords, he lives with his wife and son in London and Dorset, England.
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