Jessica Fellowes - Author

About the Author

Author of the worldwide no.1 bestsellers The World of Downton Abbey and its follow-up, The Chronicles of Downton Abbey, Jessica is the niece of the hit series' creator, Julian Fellowes. Jessica started as a journalist at the Mail on Sunday, going on to be the Deputy Editor of Country Life magazine, before deciding to focus on books. She has also co-written The Devil You Know: Looking Out for the Psycho in Your Life, with forensic psychologist Kerry Daynes, and Build A Business From Your Kitchen Table, ghostwritten for the founders of notonthehighstreet.com, Sophie Cornish and Holly Tucker. Her first book was Mud & the City: Dos and Don'ts for Townies in the Country. Jessica also writes for The Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times Style, The Lady, Psychologies and The Times. In demand as a speaker, Jessica talks at literary festivals from Scarborough to Cheltenham and appears on numerous radio and TV programmes from BBC Breakfast to BBC4's 'Never Mind the Full Stops' via Radio 5 Live. She was also the regular paper reviewer for Nick Ferrari's LBC Breakfast Show for two years. Recently, Jessica has also been doing extensive talks in the USA, focusing on Downton Abbey and the historical context of the show. Jessica's work for the Downton Abbey books means she has done in-depth research into the social history of the early 20th century, particularly the changes that women were experiencing then, as well as looking at the correlation between the great leaps in technology that were happening then and how similar it feels today. Jessica was brought up in London, with long summer holidays in the wilds of Kerry, Ireland. She now lives in Oxfordshire and Notting Hill with her family.

Featured books by Jessica Fellowes

A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey

A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey

Author: Jessica Fellowes Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/09/2014

The world of Downton Abbey fascinates audiences across the globe. Now, in this gorgeously illustrated book, we can delve deeper into the life of the house and those who work so hard to keep it running like clockwork, both above and below stairs. All the major events and seasons of the Great House are covered here - Christmas, Easter, the debutante season, the summer fete, harvest, the hunt and more. Through the prism of the house we also learn more about the lives of our favourite characters - just how Mrs Patmore keeps the kitches stocked and the menus varied, how Anna cares for and sources Lady's Mary's gorgeous dresses, how the gardeners keep the estate beautiful and productive all year round - and there are delicious traditional recipes for each calendar month too. Beautifully designed with exclusive new material throughout, this is the perfect present for any Downton fan.

Other books by Jessica Fellowes

Bright Young Dead

Bright Young Dead

Author: Jessica Fellowes Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/10/2018

'All the blissful escapism of a Sunday-night period drama in a book' THE POOL ON THE MITFORD MURDERS As the glamour of the Bright Young Things crashes into the world of the Mitford sisters, their maid Louisa Cannon finds herself at the scene of a gripping murder mystery. Meet the Bright Young Things, the rabble-rousing hedonists of the 1920s whose treasure hunts were a media obsession. One such game takes place at the 18th birthday party of Pamela Mitford, but ends in tragedy as cruel, charismatic Adrian Curtis is pushed to his death from the church neighbouring the Mitford home. The police quickly identify the killer as a maid, Dulcie. But Louisa Cannon, chaperone to the Mitford girls and a former criminal herself, believes Dulcie to be innocent, and sets out to clear the girl's name . . . all while the real killer may only be steps away. PRAISE FOR THE MITFORD MURDERS SERIES 'An extraordinary meld of fact and fiction' GRAHAM NORTON 'A lively, entertaining, well-written whodunit' THE TIMES (crime book of the month) 'True and glorious indulgence. A dazzling example of a Golden Age mystery' DAISY GOODWIN 'Exactly the sort of book you might enjoy with the fire blazing, the snow falling. The solution is neat and the writing always enjoyable' ANTHONY HOROWITZ (crime novels of the year) 'Oh how delicious! This terrific start to what promises to be a must-read series is exactly what we all need in these gloomy times. Inventive, glittering, clever, ingenious. I devoured The Mitford Murders... so will you. Give it to absolutely everyone for Christmas, then pre-order the next one' SUSAN HILL 'All the blissful escapism of a Sunday-night period drama in a book' THE POOL 'Keeps the reader guessing to the very end. An accomplished crime debut and huge fun to read' EVENING STANDARD 'This story is drenched in detail and feels both authentic and fun. Curl up in your favourite reading spot and enjoy' HEAT 'The plan is that each book will focus on a different Mitford sister. On the strength of this initial entry, success is assured' FINANCIAL TIMES 'Elegant, whipsmart and brilliantly twisty-turny, this Downton-style mystery had me hooked from the first page' VIV GROSKOP 'Full of period pleasure' WOMAN & HOME 'An audacious and glorious foray into the Golden Age of mystery fiction. Breathtaking' ALEX GRAY 'A real murder, a real family and a brand new crime fiction heroine are woven together to make a fascinating, and highly enjoyable, read. I loved it' JULIAN FELLOWES 'Jessica Fellowes' deliciously immersive, effortlessly easy novel has a strong feel for period and a rollicking plot' METRO 'What a captivating crime novel and heroine Jessica has created in The Mitford Murders. The instant reassurance of being in the hands of a true storyteller with a feel for period detail makes this a real treat' AMANDA CRAIG 'This is a chocolate souffle of a novel: as the enthralling mystery heats up, so the addictive deliciousness of the story rises. The sort of book you never want to end' JULIET NICOLSON

Bright Young Dead

Bright Young Dead

Author: Jessica Fellowes Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/10/2018

'All the blissful escapism of a Sunday-night period drama in a book' THE POOL ON THE MITFORD MURDERS As the glamour of the Bright Young Things crashes into the world of the Mitford sisters, their maid Louisa Cannon finds herself at the scene of a gripping murder mystery. Meet the Bright Young Things, the rabble-rousing hedonists of the 1920s whose treasure hunts were a media obsession. One such game takes place at the 18th birthday party of Pamela Mitford, but ends in tragedy as cruel, charismatic Adrian Curtis is pushed to his death from the church neighbouring the Mitford home. The police quickly identify the killer as a maid, Dulcie. But Louisa Cannon, chaperone to the Mitford girls and a former criminal herself, believes Dulcie to be innocent, and sets out to clear the girl's name . . . all while the real killer may only be steps away. PRAISE FOR THE MITFORD MURDERS SERIES 'An extraordinary meld of fact and fiction' GRAHAM NORTON 'A lively, entertaining, well-written whodunit' THE TIMES (crime book of the month) 'True and glorious indulgence. A dazzling example of a Golden Age mystery' DAISY GOODWIN 'Exactly the sort of book you might enjoy with the fire blazing, the snow falling. The solution is neat and the writing always enjoyable' ANTHONY HOROWITZ (crime novels of the year) 'Oh how delicious! This terrific start to what promises to be a must-read series is exactly what we all need in these gloomy times. Inventive, glittering, clever, ingenious. I devoured The Mitford Murders... so will you. Give it to absolutely everyone for Christmas, then pre-order the next one' SUSAN HILL 'All the blissful escapism of a Sunday-night period drama in a book' THE POOL 'Keeps the reader guessing to the very end. An accomplished crime debut and huge fun to read' EVENING STANDARD 'This story is drenched in detail and feels both authentic and fun. Curl up in your favourite reading spot and enjoy' HEAT 'The plan is that each book will focus on a different Mitford sister. On the strength of this initial entry, success is assured' FINANCIAL TIMES 'Elegant, whipsmart and brilliantly twisty-turny, this Downton-style mystery had me hooked from the first page' VIV GROSKOP 'Full of period pleasure' WOMAN & HOME 'An audacious and glorious foray into the Golden Age of mystery fiction. Breathtaking' ALEX GRAY 'A real murder, a real family and a brand new crime fiction heroine are woven together to make a fascinating, and highly enjoyable, read. I loved it' JULIAN FELLOWES 'Jessica Fellowes' deliciously immersive, effortlessly easy novel has a strong feel for period and a rollicking plot' METRO 'What a captivating crime novel and heroine Jessica has created in The Mitford Murders. The instant reassurance of being in the hands of a true storyteller with a feel for period detail makes this a real treat' AMANDA CRAIG 'This is a chocolate souffle of a novel: as the enthralling mystery heats up, so the addictive deliciousness of the story rises. The sort of book you never want to end' JULIET NICOLSON

The Mitford Murders Relax with the must-read mystery of the year

The Mitford Murders Relax with the must-read mystery of the year

Author: Jessica Fellowes Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/04/2018

'A lively, well-written, entertaining whodunit' THE TIMES ***You can now preorder Bright Young Dead, the thrilling second book in The Mitford Murders series*** Lose yourself in the sumptuous first novel in a new series of Golden Age mysteries set amid the lives of the glamorous Mitford sisters. It's 1919, and Louisa Cannon dreams of escaping her life of poverty in London, and most of all her oppressive and dangerous uncle. Louisa's salvation is a position within the Mitford household at Asthall Manor, in the Oxfordshire countryside. There she will become nurserymaid, chaperone and confidante to the Mitford sisters, especially sixteen-year-old Nancy - an acerbic, bright young woman in love with stories. But when a nurse - Florence Nightingale Shore, goddaughter of her famous namesake - is killed on a train in broad daylight, Nancy and amateur sleuth Louisa find that in postwar England, everyone has something to hide . . . Written by Jessica Fellowes, author of the number one-bestselling Downton Abbey books, The Mitford Murders is the perfect new obsession for fans of Daisy Goodwin, Anthony Horowitz and Agatha Christie - and is based on a real unsolved crime. 'An extraordinary meld of fact and fiction' GRAHAM NORTON 'True and glorious indulgence. A dazzling example of a Golden Age mystery' DAISY GOODWIN 'Exactly the sort of book you might enjoy with the fire blazing, the snow falling. The solution is neat and the writing always enjoyable' ANTHONY HOROWITZ 'Oh how delicious! This terrific start to what promises to be a must-read series is exactly what we all need in these gloomy times. Inventive, glittering, clever, ingenious. I devoured The Mitford Murders... so will you. Give it to absolutely everyone for Christmas, then pre-order the next one' SUSAN HILL 'All the blissful escapism of a Sunday-night period drama in a book' THE POOL 'Keeps the reader guessing to the very end. An accomplished crime debut and huge fun to read' EVENING STANDARD 'This story is drenched in detail and feels both authentic and fun. Curl up in your favourite reading spot and enjoy' HEAT 'The plan is that each book will focus on a different Mitford sister. On the strength of this initial entry, success is assured' FINANCIAL TIMES 'Elegant, whipsmart and brilliantly twisty-turny, this Downton-style mystery had me hooked from the first page' VIV GROSKOP 'Full of period pleasure' WOMAN & HOME 'An audacious and glorious foray into the Golden Age of mystery fiction. Breathtaking' ALEX GRAY 'A real murder, a real family and a brand new crime fiction heroine are woven together to make a fascinating, and highly enjoyable, read. I loved it' JULIAN FELLOWES 'Jessica Fellowes' deliciously immersive, effortlessly easy novel has a strong feel for period and a rollicking plot' METRO 'What a captivating crime novel and heroine Jessica has created in The Mitford Murders. The instant reassurance of being in the hands of a true storyteller with a feel for period detail makes this a real treat' AMANDA CRAIG 'This is a chocolate souffle of a novel: as the enthralling mystery heats up, so the addictive deliciousness of the story rises. The sort of book you never want to end' JULIET NICOLSON

The Mitford Murders Relax with the must-read mystery of the year

The Mitford Murders Relax with the must-read mystery of the year

Author: Jessica Fellowes Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/09/2017

'Exactly the sort of book you might enjoy with the fire blazing, the snow falling. The solution is neat and the writing always enjoyable' Anthony Horowitz Lose yourself in the sumptuous first novel in a new series of Golden Age mysteries set amid the lives of the glamorous Mitford sisters. It's 1919, and Louisa Cannon dreams of escaping her life of poverty in London, and most of all her oppressive and dangerous uncle. Louisa's salvation is a position within the Mitford household at Asthall Manor, in the Oxfordshire countryside. There she will become nurserymaid, chaperone and confidante to the Mitford sisters, especially sixteen-year-old Nancy - an acerbic, bright young woman in love with stories. But when a nurse - Florence Nightingale Shore, goddaughter of her famous namesake - is killed on a train in broad daylight, Nancy and amateur sleuth Louisa find that in postwar England, everyone has something to hide . . . Written by Jessica Fellowes, author of the number one-bestselling Downton Abbey books, The Mitford Murders is the perfect new obsession for fans of Daisy Goodwin, Anthony Horowitz and Agatha Christie - and is based on a real unsolved crime. 'True and glorious indulgence. A dazzling example of a Golden Age mystery' Daisy Goodwin 'Oh how delicious! This terrific start to what promises to be a must-read series is exactly what we all need in these gloomy times.? Inventive, glittering, clever, ingenious. I devoured The Mitford Murders... so will you. Give it to absolutely everyone for Christmas, then pre-order the next one' Susan Hill 'All the blissful escapism of a Sunday-night period drama in a book' The Pool

The Mitford Murders Relax with the must-read mystery of the year

The Mitford Murders Relax with the must-read mystery of the year

Author: Jessica Fellowes Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/09/2017

'Exactly the sort of book you might enjoy with the fire blazing, the snow falling. The solution is neat and the writing always enjoyable' Anthony Horowitz Lose yourself in the sumptuous first novel in a new series of Golden Age mysteries set amid the lives of the glamorous Mitford sisters. It's 1919, and Louisa Cannon dreams of escaping her life of poverty in London, and most of all her oppressive and dangerous uncle. Louisa's salvation is a position within the Mitford household at Asthall Manor, in the Oxfordshire countryside. There she will become nurserymaid, chaperone and confidante to the Mitford sisters, especially sixteen-year-old Nancy - an acerbic, bright young woman in love with stories. But when a nurse - Florence Nightingale Shore, goddaughter of her famous namesake - is killed on a train in broad daylight, and Louisa and Nancy find that in postwar England, everyone has something to hide . . . Written by Jessica Fellowes, author of the number one-bestselling Downton Abbey books, The Mitford Murders is the perfect new obsession for fans of Daisy Goodwin, Anthony Howoritz and Agatha Christie - and is based on a real unsolved crime. 'True and glorious indulgence. A dazzling example of a Golden Age mystery' Daisy Goodwin 'Oh how delicious! This terrific start to what promises to be a must-read series is exactly what we all need in these gloomy times.? Inventive, glittering, clever, ingenious. I devoured The Mitford Murders... so will you. Give it to absolutely everyone for Christmas, then pre-order the next one' Susan Hill 'All the blissful escapism of a Sunday-night period drama in a book' The Pool

The Wit and Wisdom of Downton Abbey

The Wit and Wisdom of Downton Abbey

Author: Jessica Fellowes Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/09/2015

'Come war and peace Downton still stands and the Crawleys are still in it.' Downton Abbey is loved the world over for its fabulous costumes, beautiful scenery, wonderful characters and intricate plot lines, but what keeps millions of us coming back time after time is the stellar quality of the writing. With each stroke of his pen Julian Fellowes seems to gift us with a cuttingly dry quip from the Dowager Countess, a perfectly timed word of wisdom from Mrs Patmore or a touchingly nostalgic pronouncement from Carson. Here in the The Wit and Wisdom of Downton Abbey, Jessica Fellowes has gathered together her favourite quotes from the complete Downton Abbey oeuvre to take each of us back to the most memorable moments from the show and ensure we are armed with the very best ripostes should we ever need to chastise an impertinent lady's maid.

Mrs Patmore, Daisy and Mr Alfred Nugent (Downton Abbey Shorts, Book 10)

Mrs Patmore, Daisy and Mr Alfred Nugent (Downton Abbey Shorts, Book 10)

Author: Jessica Fellowes, Sturgis Format: eBook Release Date: 18/12/2012

This richly illustrated short, extracted from the official book The Chronicles of Downton Abbey, focuses on the characters individually, examining their motivations, their actions and the inspirations behind them. Forwarded by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.The outside world and its changes only rarely affect Mrs Patmore. 'She is a product of her time,' says Lesley Nicol, the actress who plays her, 'loyal to the family, and to the household. She is very proud of her job and good at it, too, I think.'As the meek protegee of the cook, Daisy, fuelled by a desire to improve her situation, has started to find her voice and is defiantly answering back to make sure she gets what she believes is her due. She's also a romantic, prone to crushes: Thomas (futile, for obvious reasons) and now the new footman, Alfred Nugent. We can see that it's hard for her to conjure up the courage to do anything about it.Fortunately, Alfred is not cunning like his aunt but rather guileless and sweet. As Matt Milne, the actor playing him, says: 'He is determined to make it work. It's a big opportunity, and he is just going to keep his head down and work hard.' Even Lady Mary thinks he's nice, albeit that he looks 'like a puppy who's been rescued from a puddle'.Purchase this ebook short and the others in the series to get closer still to the characters at Downton Abbey and to understand more about their social context - from the changing role of the aristocracy to fashion and beauty, American Anglophiles, the Suffragette movement and life below stairs in a big country house like Downton.Search for The Chronicles of Downton Abbey to purchase all shorts combined.

Mr and Mrs John Bates (Downton Abbey Shorts, Book 9)

Mr and Mrs John Bates (Downton Abbey Shorts, Book 9)

Author: Jessica Fellowes, Sturgis Format: eBook Release Date: 18/12/2012

This richly illustrated short, extracted from the official book The Chronicles of Downton Abbey, focuses on the characters individually, examining their motivations, their actions and the inspirations behind them. Forwarded by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.Living under the threat of death for some weeks until his reprieve was obtained would have been enormously traumatic for Bates. At least, we must imagine that it was. Bates is a man who has been so opaque and guarded in his emotions that even those closest to him have had to patiently and slowly tease out details about his past.Anna Bates is a rare creature; utterly sure of herself, dependable, sympathetic and steadfastly loyal. Although having a convicted murderer for a husband is not quite every newlywed's dream, Anna is unwavering in her belief that he is innocent. Anna puts her loyalty to her husband first and foremost, and her love for him could be as dangerous as it is steadfast.Purchase this ebook short and the others in the series to get closer still to the characters at Downton Abbey and to understand more about their social context - from the changing role of the aristocracy to fashion and beauty, life in prison, American Anglophiles, the Suffragette movement and life below stairs in a big country house like Downton.Search for The Chronicles of Downton Abbey to purchase all shorts combined.

Lady Edith Crawley (Downton Abbey Shorts, Book 5)

Lady Edith Crawley (Downton Abbey Shorts, Book 5)

Author: Jessica Fellowes, Sturgis Format: eBook Release Date: 18/12/2012

This richly illustrated short, extracted from the official book The Chronicles of Downton Abbey, focuses on the characters individually, examining their motivations, their actions and the inspirations behind them. Forwarded by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.Edith Crawley, the middle daughter of the Granthams, sandwiched between her elder, beautiful and fiery sister Mary, and Sybil, the younger, worthy one, struggles to find her position in life. She is caught between acting tough and being on the defensive.'She's vulnerable,' says Laura Carmichael, who plays her. 'She's the disappointing daughter. And she feels that very keenly - she so wants to be loved and accepted, rather than rejected. And she throws herself into things to try and achieve that.'Purchase this ebook short and the others in the series to get closer still to the characters at Downton Abbey and to understand more about their social context - from the changing role of the aristocracy to fashion and beauty, American Anglophiles, the Suffragette movement and life below stairs in a big country house like Downton.Search for The Chronicles of Downton Abbey to purchase all shorts combined.

Lady Sybil and Mr Tom Branson (Downton Abbey Shorts, Book 4)

Lady Sybil and Mr Tom Branson (Downton Abbey Shorts, Book 4)

Author: Jessica Fellowes, Sturgis Format: eBook Release Date: 18/12/2012

This richly illustrated short, extracted from the official book The Chronicles of Downton Abbey, focuses on the characters individually, examining their motivations, their actions and the inspirations behind them. Forwarded by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.On the face of it, the young newlyweds Sybil and Tom hope to live an unobtrusive, quiet existence in Dublin as 'Mr and Mrs Branson', happily waiting for the arrival of their baby. But as the gossip back at Downton Abbey shows, nothing of their way of life is normal. An earl's daughter and a chauffeur-turned-Irish-revolutionary cannot expect an uneventful life together.'She doesn't want Tom to alter,' says Jessica Brown Findlay, who plays Sybil, 'she loves him for his fire and passion, and his desire to change things.' But when they come home she doesn't want to cause unnecessary fuss - she adores her family and respects their desire to live as they wish. Unlike Tom, she sees no harm in it. Trying to keep harmony is almost more than she can bear.Purchase this ebook short and the others in the series to get closer still to the characters at Downton Abbey and to understand more about their social context - from the changing role of the aristocracy to fashion and beauty, American Anglophiles, the Suffragette movement and life below stairs in a big country house like Downton.Search for The Chronicles of Downton Abbey to purchase all shorts combined.

Earl and Countess of Grantham (Downton Abbey Shorts, Book 3)

Earl and Countess of Grantham (Downton Abbey Shorts, Book 3)

Author: Jessica Fellowes, Sturgis Format: eBook Release Date: 18/12/2012

This richly illustrated short, extracted from the official book The Chronicles of Downton Abbey, focuses on the characters individually, examining their motivations, their actions and the inspirations behind them. Forwarded by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes."e;I think Cora is very much an emotionally connected mother"e;, says Elizabeth McGovern the actress who plays her. "e;As an American she would have a distinctive approach, different to the English aristocracy's way of doing things. Her instinct is to be involved with the day-to-day and to go about things in a more hands-on way.'Cora is a woman of resilience and unfailing supportiveness. Where Robert is emotionally insecure, she is sure of herself and undaunted by the difficulties they could face. As a mother, she has a role in life, no matter what else is going on, but being Robert's wife is also very important to her.Lord Grantham - Robert - has many good qualities: he is kind, loyal to his family, loving to his wife, adoring of his daughters, a fair employer and generous to those around him. But, for him, all these things are peripheral in the face of his most important role in life - as the 7th Earl of Grantham.As he sees it, he has been put on this earth with one prime objective: to keep Downton Abbey in its proper state and hand it over in this condition to his heir.Purchase this ebook short and the others in the series to get closer still to the characters at Downton Abbey and to understand more about their social context - from the changing role of the aristocracy to fashion and beauty, American Anglophiles, the Suffragette movement and life below stairs in a big country house like Downton.Search for The Chronicles of Downton Abbey to purchase all shorts combined.

Dowager Countess of Grantham and Mrs Isidore Levinson (Downton Abbey Shorts, Book 2)

Dowager Countess of Grantham and Mrs Isidore Levinson (Downton Abbey Shorts, Book 2)

Author: Jessica Fellowes, Matthew Sturgis Format: eBook Release Date: 18/12/2012

This richly illustrated short, extracted from the official book The Chronicles of Downton Abbey, focuses on the characters individually, examining their motivations, their actions and the inspirations behind them. Forwarded by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.When Cora's mother, Martha Levinson, comes to stay, it's clear that she is more than a match for Violet. Equally confident in their age, status and belief that their way is the right way, the two could easily quarrel.Intransigent, intractable Violet is the definitive dowager. Largely based on Julian Fellowes's own great-aunt, Isie Stephenson, 'in whom there was a mix of severity and a kind heart', Violet represents the last of an era; one of the few remaining Victorians who believed absolutely in the necessity of moral exactitude, the importance of family and the oblige of the noblesse.Martha may have once been awed by the English upper classes (this, after all, was why she brought her daughter over to be presented at the London Season), but she welcomes the post-war changes that are being brought to England, even if they seem slower in coming to Downton Abbey.Shirley MacLaine, the actress who plays Martha, believes that her character's attitude comes not so much from her money as her politics: 'Her confidence comes from being a democratic American - she is so centred in her fairness and considers America to be fair, and tradition is not fair.'Purchase this ebook short and the others in the series to get closer still to the characters at Downton Abbey and to understand more about their social context - from the changing role of the aristocracy to fashion and beauty, American Anglophiles, the Suffragette movement and life below stairs in a big country house like Downton.Search for The Chronicles of Downton Abbey to purchase all shorts combined.

Lady Mary Crawley and Matthew Crawley Esq. (Downton Abbey Shorts, Book 1)

Lady Mary Crawley and Matthew Crawley Esq. (Downton Abbey Shorts, Book 1)

Author: Jessica Fellowes, Matthew Sturgis Format: eBook Release Date: 18/12/2012

This richly illustrated short, extracted from the official book The Chronicles of Downton Abbey, focuses on the characters individually, examining their motivations, their actions and the inspirations behind them. Forwarded by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.'There's an independence about Mary,"e; says Michelle Dockery, the actress who plays her. "e;She's not influenced by anyone and she's very much her own person, she makes her own decisions. I understand her because I'm one of three girls too and I've always been defiant that I didn't want to do what they did.'Having her heart both broken and put back together by her true love, Matthew, has rounded the edges off Mary. Now, we find she has her backbone of steel but she is kinder, nicer and altogether more forgiving of human fallibilities - even her own.Matthew is a lucky man to have survived the war. What's more, he has the possibility of gaining a large fortune, and is due to marry the woman he loves. Yet, he is not a man at ease. His conscience is easily pricked by the requirements that lie ahead of him in the role of Earl of Grantham.Purchase this ebook short and the others in the series to get closer still to the characters at Downton Abbey and to understand more about their social context - from the changing role of the aristocracy to fashion and beauty, American Anglophiles, the Suffragette movement and life below stairs in a big country house like Downton.Search for The Chronicles of Downton Abbey to purchase all shorts combined.

Behind the Scenes (Downton Abbey Shorts, Book 11)

Behind the Scenes (Downton Abbey Shorts, Book 11)

Author: Jessica Fellowes, Matthew Sturgis Format: eBook Release Date: 18/12/2012

This richly illustrated short, extracted from the official book The Chronicles of Downton Abbey peels back the curtain on the making of Series 3. With a foreword from Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.You'll have privileged access to the on-set jokes and camaraderie between the actors - including anecdotes about Jim Carter's (Carson's) magic tricks and a revelation that two actors liked to burst into an impromptu duet of the Three Degrees classic "e;When Will I See You Again"e; between takes - find out who!See also how the sets at Highclere Castle and Ealing Studios were adapted, and hear from the costume and make up artists about the incredible attention to detail they applied to bring the 1920s so vividly to life.Purchase this ebook short and the others in the series to get closer still to the characters at Downton Abbey and to understand more about their social context - from the changing role of the aristocracy to fashion and beauty, American Anglophiles, the Suffragette movement and life below stairs in a big country house like Downton.Search for The Chronicles of Downton Abbey to purchase all shorts combined.

Mr Thomas Barrow and Miss Sarah O'Brien (Downton Abbey Shorts, Book 8)

Mr Thomas Barrow and Miss Sarah O'Brien (Downton Abbey Shorts, Book 8)

Author: Jessica Fellowes, Matthew Sturgis Format: eBook Release Date: 18/12/2012

This richly illustrated short, extracted from the official book The Chronicles of Downton Abbey, focuses on the characters individually, examining their motivations, their actions and the inspirations behind them. Forwarded by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.Thomas Barrow is one of the most complicated and intriguing of all the characters at Downton Abbey. As we have got to know him through years of both peace and war, multiple layers have been peeled away to reveal an insecure, jealous, sometimes paranoid, defensive and cowardly man beneath a glossy veneer of good looks and arrogance.'O'Brien realises that she is never going to be rich or successful - although she is quite successful as the lady's maid of a countess,"e; says Julian Fellowes. "e;But she gets her thrills by manipulating and being devious and plotting. Her reward is in having a sense that she has power over people.'Purchase this ebook short and the others in the series to get closer still to the characters at Downton Abbey and to understand more about their social context - from the changing role of the aristocracy to fashion and beauty, American Anglophiles, the Suffragette movement and life below stairs in a big country house like Downton.Search for The Chronicles of Downton Abbey to purchase all shorts combined.

Mrs Reginald Crawley (Downton Abbey Shorts, Book 6)

Mrs Reginald Crawley (Downton Abbey Shorts, Book 6)

Author: Jessica Fellowes, Matthew Sturgis Format: eBook Release Date: 18/12/2012

This richly illustrated short, extracted from the official book The Chronicles of Downton Abbey, focuses on the characters individually, examining their motivations, their actions and the inspirations behind them. Forwarded by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.Isobel Crawley is a woman with a cause. The cause may change, but she likes to make sure she's always got one on the go. An educated, forward-thinking woman who lived amongst the professional middle classes of Manchester, she suddenly found herself the mother of an earl-in-waiting. Thrust into this position, she determined that she and Matthew should not be cowed by their new situation.Penelope Wilton, the actress portraying Isobel, explains the subtleties of her character's motives: 'She is not the least resentful - or disapproving - of the Downton world. Though she is critical of the wider society and wants to improve it. But she is not a radical socialist. Her desire to help is conceived within the existing structures of her world.'Purchase this ebook short and the others in the series to get closer still to the characters at Downton Abbey and to understand more about their social context - from the changing role of the aristocracy to fashion and beauty, American Anglophiles, the Suffragette movement and life below stairs in a big country house like Downton.Search for The Chronicles of Downton Abbey to purchase all shorts combined.

Mr Carson and Mrs Hughes (Downton Abbey Shorts, Book 7)

Mr Carson and Mrs Hughes (Downton Abbey Shorts, Book 7)

Author: Jessica Fellowes, Matthew Sturgis Format: eBook Release Date: 18/12/2012

This richly illustrated short, extracted from the official book The Chronicles of Downton Abbey, focuses on the characters individually, examining their motivations, their actions and the inspirations behind them. Forwarded by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.It is a strange life for the likes of Carson and Mrs Hughes, sitting between the family and the servants and never completely belonging to either group. It's easy to understand why the two of them seek refuge in each other, even in their own rather stilted fashion.'Carson comes from a family of soldiers and servants,' says Julian Fellowes. 'His grandfather was a head groom and so he's middle-middle class - they certainly weren't scrabbling in the gutter for food.'Mrs Hughes gave up the idea of marriage and a family for her career as Downton's housekeeper. This does not mean she was without ambition: a career in service was something to be proud of; the job was steady, she had respect from her colleagues and she could look forward to a reasonably comfortable retirement provided by the Downton Abbey estate, if she served the family for many years.Purchase this ebook short and the others in the series to get closer still to the characters at Downton Abbey and to understand more about their social context - from the changing role of the aristocracy to fashion and beauty, American Anglophiles, the Suffragette movement and life below stairs in a big country house like Downton.Search for The Chronicles of Downton Abbey to purchase all shorts combined.

The Chronicles of Downton Abbey (Official Series 3 TV tie-in)

The Chronicles of Downton Abbey (Official Series 3 TV tie-in)

Author: Jessica Fellowes, Matthew Sturgis Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/09/2012

The official companion to all three seasons. The Great War has ended, but Downton Abbey is far from peaceful... A changing world has brought new challenges and new guests. Inside the walls of the Great House there is more intrigue, rivalry and romance than ever. The Chronicles of Downton Abbey take you deep into the lives of the Crawleys, their servants, lovers, friends and guests. So wander the crowded servants' quarters and peek into luxurious bed chambers. Go beneath the surface, and experience every aspect of their lives - from daily routines, dressing tables and treasure chests to their most secret hopes and fears. This lavish book explores the lives of every important member of the Downton estate. Focusing on each character individually, it examines their motivations, their actions and the inspirations behind them. An evocative source of story and background, it will take you even deeper into the secret, beating heart of the house.

World of Downton Abbey

World of Downton Abbey

Author: Jessica Fellowes Format: eBook Release Date: 20/02/2012

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 AbbeyApril 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.

The World of Downton Abbey

The World of Downton Abbey

Author: Jessica Fellowes Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/09/2011

The official companion to series 1 and 2. Downton Abbey portrays a world of elegance and decadence, a world of duty and obedience and a world of romance and rivalry: this companion book, full of rich historical detail, takes fans deeper into that period than ever before. Step inside one of the most beautiful houses in Britain, past Carson the butler at the front door and into the grand hallway. Catch a glimpse of the family having drinks in the drawing room before dinner, dressed in their evening finery, whilst Lord Grantham finishes writing a letter in his study. Then climb the grand sweeping staircase to the maze of rooms upstairs and peak through Lady Mary's open door to see Anna, her maid, tidying scent bottles and jewellery on the ornate dressing table. Follow Anna down the servants' stairs and into the kitchens to watch Mrs Patmore frantically preparing dinner. Mrs Hughes keeps a watchful eye from her study and the world of Downton comes alive before you. Experience the inner workings of the downstairs life and be dazzled by the glamour of upstairs life with profiles of all the major characters, interviews with the actors, behind the scenes insights and in-depth information on costumes and props.

World of Downton Abbey

World of Downton Abbey

Author: Jessica Fellowes Format: eBook Release Date: 15/06/2011

Downton Abbey has captured the imagination of the nation. Written by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes the show has become the benchmark for quality drama, and a commentary on all things British. Downton Abbey portrays a world of elegance and decadence, a world of duty and obedience and a world of romance and rivalry: this companion book, full of rich historical detail, takes fans deeper into that period than ever before. Step inside one of the most beautiful houses in Britain, past Carson the butler at the front door and into the grand hallway. Catch a glimpse of the family having drinks in the drawing room before dinner, dressed in their evening finery, whilst Lord Grantham finishes writing a letter in his study. Then climb the grand sweeping staircase to the maze of rooms upstairs and peak through Lady Mary's open door to see Anna, her maid, tidying scent bottles and jewellery on the ornate dressing table. Follow Anna down the servants' stairs and into the kitchens to watch Mrs Patmore frantically preparing dinner. Mrs Hughes keeps a watchful eye from her study and the world of Downton comes alive before you. Experience the inner workings of the downstairs life and be dazzled by the glamour of upstairs life with profiles of all the major characters, interviews with the actors, behind the scenes insights and in-depth information on costumes and props.

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