Downton Abbey - A Celebration (Hardcover)
The Official Companion to All Six Seasons
St. Martin's Press, 9781250091550, 320pp.
Publication Date: November 10, 2015
"Downton Abbey set a new standard, and it's probable that in 20 or 50 years critics will look back and say that this was period drama at its very best, often imitated but never bettered." —The Daily Mail
Since the moment we first entered Downton Abbey in 1912, we have been swept away by Julian Fellowes’s evocative world of romance, intrigue, drama and tradition. Now, in 1925, as Downton Abbey prepares to close its doors for the final time, Jessica Fellowes leads us through the house and estate, reliving the iconic moments of the wonderfully aristocratic Crawley family and their servants as they navigate the emerging modern age.
Travelling from Great Hall to servants’ hall, bedroom to boot room, we glimpse as we go Matthew and Isobel Crawley arriving for the first time, the death of Kemal Pamuk, Cora’s tragic miscarriage, Edith’s affair with Michael Gregson, Mary’s new haircut, Thomas and O’Brien’s scheming, Anna and Bates’s troubles with the law, and Carson’s marriage to Mrs Hughes.
Alongside are in-depth interviews with the cast, who have worked on the show for six years and know it so well, as well as a complete episode guide for the first five seasons and a teaser for the sixth. Packed full of stunning location shots and stills from all six seasons of the show including exclusive behind-the-scenes photography, this celebratory book is the ultimate gift for Downton Abbey fans the world over.
About the Author
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 Downton Abbey - A Celebration: The Official Companion to All Six Seasons…
"It's a posh soap opera but it's a pretty bloody splendid posh soap opera. . . .Television will be a dowdier place without it. " —The Guardian
"What is a Sunday night without the Crawley family? Golly gumdrops, Downton, we're going to miss you." —Allison Pearson
"Devotees dreading saying goodbye...can linger over this deep bow to Lady Mary, Lord Grantham, the Dowager Violet, Bates, Anna, Daisy. . . sob!" —USA Today on Downton Abbey - A Celebration
“Downton Abbey is a cultural phenomenon, [with] many and varied famous fans.” —The Daily Beast
“This series has a connoisseur's eye for the most exquisite emblems of privilege and breeding and a fan's gusto for intrigue and melodrama.” —The New York Times