likeyoulove newgen books for YA readers
Search our site
Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner Read the opening extract of the brand new Susie Steiner book before its publication on 05/04/2018

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey : The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle by Countess of Carnarvon

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey : The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle

Biography / Autobiography   

Lovereading view...

Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 15 December 2011.

This is the remarkable story of a lost time. But Highclere remains and in this book, Fiona weaves Almina's journey and those of her family into the heritage and history of one of England's most exquisite Victorian castles.


Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey : The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle by Countess of Carnarvon

Lady Fiona Carnarvon became the chatelaine of Highclere Castle - the setting of the hit series Downton Abbey - eight years ago. In that time she's become fascinated by the rich history of Highclere, and by the extraordinary people who lived there over the centuries. One person particularly captured Fiona's imagination - Lady Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon. Almina was the illegitimate daughter of banking tycoon Alfred de Rothschild. She was his only daughter and he doted on her. She married the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, at 19, with an enormous dowry. At first, life at Highclere was a dizzying mix of sumptuous banquets for 500 and even the occasional royal visitor. Almina oversaw 80 members of staff - many of whom came from families who had worked at Highclere for generations. But when the First World War broke out, life at Highclere changed forever. History intervened and Almina and the staff of Highclere were thrown into one of the most turbulent times of the last century. Almina was forced to draw on her deepest reserves of courage in order to ensure her family, the staff and the castle survived.


'bright, breezy and unpretentious in style.'

'Comfort reading for fans eagerly awaiting the next instalment of Downtown Abbey to appear on our TV screens.' Vogue (Australia)

'A loving and faithful portrait of Almina and her world.' BBC Countryfile Magazine

About the Author

Countess of Carnarvon

Lady Fiona Carnarvon married the current Earl of Carnarvon in 1999, and they took over Highclere eight years ago.

Author photo © Tobi Corney Photography

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

29th September 2011


Countess of Carnarvon

More books by Countess of Carnarvon
Author 'Like for Like'


Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division


320 pages


Biography / Autobiography

Biography: historical, political & military
Social & cultural history



It has enriched my leisure time by introducing me to a world of books which I would not have previously considered.

Val Rowe

Lovereading helps me decide what real people read.

Kerry Bridges

It gives a chance to read about new titles, invites comments from all kinds of readers and is run by such a nice bunch of book lovers.

Joy Bosworth

Why I love @lovereadinguk? It's in the name - as dedicated lovers of reading, they are perfect matchmakers for helping me find my next read!

Catherine Jenkins

I love Lovereading because of its ability to connect people that love books & unite them in a friendly, stimulating & interesting community.

Megan Olwen William

Hooked on books? Give Lovereading a go - for the chance to discover brilliant books, and to see why our members love it so.

Claire Hill

I love the 'like for like' author recommendations, it's like an old friend whispering in your ear.

Emma Caddick

It's information about new books so, for a book lover like me, what's not to like!

Joan Hill