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?
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 political and social changes are concerned, and WW2, as they impacted the aristocracy and their servants. Many of the actors give the reader their impressions of what it was like to contribute to the success of this period drama series. We are given virtual reality witness to how it would have been like to be Mary, Matthew, Robert, Cora, Carson, Thomas, etc at that time in the personae and circumstances that Julian Fellowes provided them.
The photographs are plentiful and gorgeous and the text by Jessica Fellowes, the nice of Julian, is vividly informative. Costumes have a prominent place in the contents of the book. The reader will realize what an artistic and logistic triumph the writers, actors, directors, producers, cinematographers, advisors, trades people and grunts accomplished. Several hundred people had to be in their right places at the right times, doing their best and for the most part they did. A must have for all avid Donwton'ers.
on March 8, 2013
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 a lasting impact, the quest for love, and the pain of loss remain the same. The World of Downton Abbey touches me at the deepest human part of me.
on November 9, 2012
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 Abbey fan, she was over the moon. From the beautiful photos to the well written prose, this book is a MUST for any fan of this wonderful series.