ENGLAND - The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era - Jessica Fellows and Matthew Sturgis

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! 

And, get ready for the January 5, 2014 series 4 premiere on your local PBS station with this sneak peak. And learn more about some of the new characters coming to Downton.

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  • Condition: New in New dust jacket. Glued binding. Paper over boards
  • Edition: First Edition - Published November 13, 2012
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press / New York
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-250-02762-7
  • ISBN-10 1-250-02762-4
  • Pages: 320
  • Rating:★★★★★ (See FAQs)
  • 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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