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The World of Downton Abbey [Hardcover]

Jessica Fellowes , Julian Fellowes
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Dec 6 2011
A lavish look at the real world--both the secret history and the behind-the-scenes drama--of the spellbinding Emmy Award-winning Masterpiece TV series Downton Abbey
 
April 1912. The sun is rising behind Downton Abbey, a great and splendid house in a great and splendid park. So secure does it appear that it seems as if the way it represents will last for another thousand years. It won't.
 
Millions of American viewers were enthralled by the world of Downton Abbey, the mesmerizing TV drama of the aristocratic Crawley family--and their servants--on the verge of dramatic change. On the eve of Season 2 of the TV presentation, this gorgeous book--illustrated with sketches and research from the production team, as well as on-set photographs from both seasons--takes us even deeper into that world, with fresh insights into the story and characters as well as the social history.

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Acclaim for Downton Abbey:
 
"This extraordinary upstairs-downstairs drama, written by Oscar-winning 'Gosford Park' screenwriter Julian Fellowes, is a dramatic, intelligent, soapy, comic, and wise piece of work." --The Boston Globe
 
"There is no mystery about the potency of this series, slathered in wit, powered by storytelling of a high order." --The Wall Street Journal
 
"Possibly the best show of the year...'Downton Abbey' is all that 'Upstairs, Downstairs' was, and more." --The Los Angeles Times

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From the authors of the instantNew York Times bestsellersThe Strain and The Fall comesthe final volume in one of the mostelectrifying thriller series in years

It’s been two years since the vampiric virus was unleashed in The Strain, and the entire world now lies on the brink of annihilation. There is only night as nuclear winter blankets the land, the sun filtering through the poisoned atmosphere for two hours each day—the perfect environment for the propagation of vampires.

There has been a mass extermination of humans, the best and the brightest, the wealthy and the influential, orchestrated by the Master—an ancient vampire possessed of unparalleled powers—who selects survivors based on compliance. Those humans who remain are entirely subjugated, interred in camps, and separated by status: those who breed more humans, and those who are bled for the sustenance of the Master’s vast army.

The future of humankind lies in the hands of a ragtag band of freedom fighters—Dr. Eph Goodweather, former head of the Centers for Disease Control’s biological threats team; Dr. Nora Martinez, a fellow doctor with a talent for dispatching the undead; Vasiliy Fet, the colorful Russian exterminator; and Mr. Quinlan, the half-breed offspring of the Master who is bent on revenge. It’s their job to rescue Eph’s son, Zack, and overturn this devastating new world order. But good and evil are malleable terms now, and the Master is most skilled at preying on the weaknesses of humans.

Now, at this critical hour, there is evidence of a traitor in their midst. . . . And only one man holds the answer to the Master’s demise, but is he one who can be trusted with the fate of the world? And who among them will pay the ultimate sacrifice—so that others may be saved?

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By V. Buttino TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is an absolutely BEAUTIFUL book based on iTV's Downton Abbey! The publisher certainly didn't skimp when it came to quality and detail!

I wasn't expecting the book to be as long as it is (it's 300+ pages) but I'm delighted that the author took so much time and effort in writing it. The end result is highly satisfactory! It covers both the first and second seasons of the program and delves into every storyline, every character and every social event (be it a tea party or WWI). Estate life is also examined and fictional characters are compared to real-life people who lived in 19th century England. There is an additional chapter at the end of the book detailing all of the Behind-the-Scenes work that goes into filming the series. This book is crammed full of pictures and interesting tidbits concerning both the cast and crew - you'll absolutely love it if you're a fan of Downton Abbey!

I wonder if there will be another book release when the third series airs?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Companion for the Series Aug. 12 2012
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Gorgeous photography & lots of historical information make this the perfect companion book for the series. Deepened my understanding of the goings on & left me better prepared for the much anticipated coming season. I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this... June 22 2012
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This companion book to the tv series is wonderful. Full of great history and information on the time period. Beautiful pictures as well. I am absolutely addicted to Downton Abbey and can't wait for season 3. This book is great to tie me over until then.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Abbey June 9 2012
By mr. G.
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A very beautiful edition. Pictures were excellent as was the written text. it was nice to get some background on the actors we have come to love. The background info was useful. An excellent book to leave on the coffee table for others to enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful gift June 22 2014
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And very nice collection of how the series is produced and some of the background to the story. Perfect gift for the fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great. May 9 2014
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A very interesting, comprehensive book for those who are interested in the series. Lots of inside facts and great photos.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for fans! Oct. 23 2013
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I bought this book as a gift for a close relative and she absolutely loved it. She is a fan of the TV show and now enjoys reading about the show and looking at the pictures. She also commented that the writing is excellent.
Thanks Amazon!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book worth reading Aug. 1 2013
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well written and interesting. Makes an ideal gift for someone interested in that time period Great photographs and great explanations of the filming of Downton Abbey
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5.0 out of 5 stars Find out Even more about Downton Abbey.
Beautiful large book with lots of pictures, gives more background information on the Downton Abbey series. A great read for Downton fans.
Published 14 months ago by Barbara Topp
5.0 out of 5 stars the world of Downton Abby
This is all most like going to see it first hand.
A book will show you all you wonder about the place.
Published 15 months ago by abc
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Addition to the Downton Collection!
I gave this book as a Christmas gift to a friend - wish I had one myself! It is a lovely addition to all the DVD's we're collecting!
Published 16 months ago by Peggy Y
5.0 out of 5 stars The world of Downtown Abbey
This book was for my sister's birthday
she just loved it as well as I did giving it to
her (it made her cry) the best gift I gave
her !!!
Published 16 months ago by Diane Pelletier
5.0 out of 5 stars The world of Downton Abbey illuminated
This book was issued after the second season. It provides vast amounts of historical background information on the nineteen ten’s period in Great Britain, especially as far as... Read more
Published 17 months ago by S Svendsen
5.0 out of 5 stars A Deeply Human Experience
This takes me into a world gone by, its structure, its beauty, and its pain. While it is a time long gone, the human struggles of good versus evil, the desire to connect, to make... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Catherine Cherry
5.0 out of 5 stars World of Downton Abbey
The text is very interesting and informative, and the photos are stunning.
Well written, and leaves you wanting a sequel, just like the TV shows!
Published 19 months ago by HARRIET SCHLEIFER
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The book has lots of pictures and enough writing to keep you interested but not bored. Was definitely appreciated by the recipient.
Published 19 months ago by Wen
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth it.
I originally saw this book on a recent trip to the UK from Vancouver and fell in love with it. Upon my return I purchased it for a dear friend's birthday - as she is also a Downton... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Richenda
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