Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era - Jessica Fellowes, Matthew Sturgis

Title: The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era
Authors: Jessica Fellowes, Matthew Sturgis
Pages: 320
Published: 2012
Genre: Non-fiction
Challenges: None
Edition: Hardcover
Source: Library

Description: The Chronicles of Downton Abbey, carefully pieced together at the heart and hearth of the ancestral home of the Crawleys, takes us deeper into the story of every important member of the Downton estate.This lavish, entirely new book focuses on each character individually, examining their motivations, their actions, and the inspirations behind them. An evocative combination of story, history, and behind-the-scenes drama, it will bring fans even closer to the secret, beating heart of the house. (via Goodreads.com)

Thoughts: It was an fairly easy read and I was able to get through it during the course of an evening. I enjoyed reading about the motivations of the various characters that have appeared in the show.  I also liked the beautiful photos that accompany each character.  While there were a few spoilers to people who in North America who had received it for Christmas and hadn't seen the show.  Love the little tidbits that accompany each character.

Bottom line: If you enjoy Downton Abbey, you will probably enjoy this as well, as it provides insight to a lot of the characters, both up and down, that appear on the series, without divulging too much about what happens during season 3.  There are also quotes from people who worked in service.

Rating: 4.5/5

Pages for 2013: 1318
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