The Chronicles of Downton Abbey

The Chronicles of Downton Abbey

A New Era

By Jessica Fellowes; Matthew Sturgis; Julian Fellowes (Foreword by)

St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9781250027627, 320pp.

Publication Date: November 13, 2012


The Great War has ended, but Downton Abbey is far from peaceful...

"Americans can't get enough of 'Downton Abbey, '" said "The Boston Globe. "As Season 3 of the award-winning TV series opens, it is 1920 and Downton Abbey is waking up to a world changed forever by World War I. New characters arrive and new intrigues thrive as the old social order is challenged by new expectations.

In this new era, different family members abound (including Cora's American mother, played by Shirley MacLaine) and changed dynamics need to be resolved: Which branch of the family tree will Lord Grantham's first grandchild belong to? What will become of the servants, both old and new?

"The Chronicles of Downton Abbey," carefully pieced together at the heart and hearth of the ancestral home of the Crawleys, takes us deeper into the story of every important member of the Downton estate.This lavish, entirely new book from Jessica Fellowes focuses on each character individually, examining their motivations, their actions, and the inspirations behind them. An evocative combination of story, history, and behind-the-scenes drama, it will bring fans even closer to the secret, beating heart of the house.

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.

MATTHEW STURGIS is a writer and critic who has written for "Harpers & Queen, " "The Sunday Telegraph, " and "The Independent on Sunday". He is the author of "Passionate Attitudes: the English Decadence of the 1890s" and the highly-praised "Aubrey Beardsley. "He lives 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.