The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era

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Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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 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.

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The third season of Julian Fellowes' British drama season arrives in early January, so there is still time to immerse yourself in the stories, histories, and personalities of all the numerous characters of Downton Abbey's residents and visitors. This companion book bears the official Fellowes family seal, having been co-authored by Julian's niece Jessica.

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Former deputy editor of Country Life and niece of lead Downton Abbey author Julian Fellowes, Fellowes has already written about the public television phenomenon in The World of Downton Abbey. Here she returns with critic/author Sturgis to give an official preview of Season 3, which launches on PBS in January 2013.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250027627
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/13/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 112,294
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet 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 creator, writer, and executive producer of Downton Abbey, which won six Emmy Awards and the Golden Globe for best mini-series. Previously, he won the Academy Award for best original screenplay for Gosford Park, and wrote the bestselling novels Snobs and Past Imperfect. A member of the House of Lords, he lives with his wife and son in London and Dorset, England.

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  • Posted December 10, 2012

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    Very Highly Recommended

    Read this Downton Abbey Fans this worth a read at least twice.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2013

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    Another winner about the beloved television show! As mentioned b

    Another winner about the beloved television show! As mentioned by previous reviewers, the book focuses on the characters in the show more than the previous book. There is plenty of information from and about men and women who were in service and their views on their positions. A natural "next-read" after The World of Downton Abbey as season three continues on Sunday nights

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    Not Recommeded

    A waste of money! Was so dissappointed in this book. Not a book or even much of a writing, only photos of the people who played the parts and a very brief description of their part of the series. I expected more of a novel or the written version of Downton Abbey but it is not even close to book!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    A great supplement for loyal fans!

    A must read for Downton Abbey fans who would enjoy interesting back stories on the main characters. Lovely photos are an added bonus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    To below

    I agree
    I can't stand that the had Matthew die. I mean he just saw his son. Also, I loved Cibil. She was my favorite character.
    TERRIBLE!!!!!!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    Season 3 So dissapoiting(spoiler alert)

    I mean come on the writers of downton abbey had to kill mathew and sybil very sad season might stop watching!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    Enjoyable read

    Now that the third season of the show is under way, I am thoroughly enjoying it. This book was such a nice book to read, explaining each character with a bit of detail. It even made me like Thomas a little bit, him with his selfish, and mischievous ways.

    I can't wait to see where the story is going to take Edith. I'm sure Lady Mary will do all she can to make Edith feel bad, wherever her path takes her. But I can see Edith becoming a very strong lady and very independent.

    I'm not at all fond of Sybil, the rebellious one. I think her life will be a very unhappy one. But, that is just my opinion, I can't see a happy future for her. Not with that moody, troublesome husband and his problems he is facing in Dublin.

    All-in-all I enjoyed this book and think anyone who is a fan of Downton Abbey would enjoy reading it. I liked it enough to award it 5*****

    This is a part of my Nook library.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Looked very interesting

    Bought as birthday gift.

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2013

    this book was awesome and I loved it. Just so you guys all know,

    this book was awesome and I loved it. Just so you guys all know, when movie kill off characters, it's because that one character does not want to do the movie any longer. that is sad, but its true.
    or , if the movie is based off a book for example, it might already be written in the script, so the character has to die whether they like it or not.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    Love the new charachters

    I hate how they they killed mathew and sybil but i loveee the new characters!!!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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