The World of Downton Abbey

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The World of Downton Abbey

By Jessica Fellowes (Text by (Art/Photo Books)); Nick Briggs (Photographer); Julian Fellowes (Foreword by)

St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9781250006349, 303pp.

Publication Date: December 6, 2011

Description

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."
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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.



About the Author
JESSICA FELLOWES is the "New York Times" and "Globe and Mail" bestselling author of "The World of Downton Abbey." Formerly the Deputy Editor of "Country Life, " she has also been a columnist for the "London Paper." Jessica also writes for the "Daily Telegraph, Telegraph Weekend, The Lady" and "Sunday Times Style, " and lives with her family in London.



Julian Fellowes is the Emmy Award-winning writer and creator of "Downton Abbey "and the winner of the 2001 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for "Gosford Park. "He also wrote the screenplays for "Vanity Fair "and "The Young Victoria. "He is the bestselling author of "Snobs "and "Past Imperfect. "His other works include "The Curious Adventure of the Abandoned Toys "and the book for the Disney stage musical of "Mary Poppins. "

As an actor, his roles include Lord Kilwillie in the BBC Television series "Monarch of Glen" and the 2nd Duke of Richmond in "Aristocrats, " as well as appearances in the films "Shadowlands, " "Damage, " and "Tomorrow Never Dies."

He lives in London and Dorset, England.



Praise For The World of Downton Abbey

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



NPR
Friday, Dec 23, 2011

Jessica Fellowes, author of a new book about the successful series Downton Abbey, talks about the story of the Crawleys and the world they inhabit. More at NPR.org

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