So you want even more books like Downton Abbey? You got it! Welcome to Week 5 of our If You Like Downton Abbey Series. If you are just starting our series, here is Week 1, here is Week 2, here is Week 3, and here is Week 4. And our Downton Abbey Greatness Pinterest board is here.
Quickest way to get your attention- post a picture of Matthew Crowley! Ok, so now that you (we) have drooled over the leading man, tell me, have you been watching the show? Last night’s episode had some of the best acting I have seen. I think (as always) that Maggie Smith is amazing but I thought that Lady Cora and Carson the Butler stole the show.
I thought this article in the New York Times was intriguing- Julian Fellowes is writing a pre-quel to Downton Abbey.
Even More Books Like Downton Abbey
Below Stairs by Margaret Powell
First published in 1968 and released in the U.S. in 2012, this book reads like a true account of Daisy, the kitchen maid, in Downton Abbey. I love that this is a true personal memoir!
From the publisher, “brilliantly evoking the long-vanished world of masters and servants portrayed in Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs, Margaret Powell’s classic memoir of her time in service, Below Stairs, is the remarkable true story of an indomitable woman who, though she served in the great houses of England, never stopped aiming high. Powell first arrived at the servants’ entrance of one of those great houses in the 1920s.”
Fabulous quote from the book- “I remember saying to my mother, ‘Why do you have so many children? Is it hard to have children?’ And she said, ‘Oh, no. It’s as easy as falling off a log.” You see that was the only pleasure poor people could afford. It cost nothing – at least at the time when you were actually making the children. The fact that it would cost you something later on, well, the working-class people never looked ahead in those days. They didn’t dare. It was enough to live for the present.”
Habits of the House by Fay Weldon
This book just came out on January 15, 2013. It is the first of a trilogy which makes me so happy. Love it when a story goes on and on!
Read this from the publisher and you will see why I am excited about this series, ” the Season of 1899 comes to an end, the world is poised on the brink of profound, irrevocable change. The Earl of Dilberne is facing serious financial concerns. The ripple effects spread to everyone in the household: Lord Robert, who has gambled unwisely on the stock market and seeks a place in the Cabinet; his unmarried children, Arthur, who keeps a courtesan, and Rosina, who keeps a parrot in her bedroom; Lord Robert’s wife Isobel, who orders the affairs of the household in Belgrave Square; and Grace, the lady’s maid who orders the life of her mistress.”
To further pique your interest, a quote, “Elsie, along with the majority of the domestic staff, lamented the annual migration to London for the Season, but could see its necessity. The Dilberne children needed to be married off; they were too troublesome single. The young Viscount, Arthur, needed a wife to grow him up, and to give him the children he needed for the succession to the Dilberne title and estates: he was nearing twenty-six, so at least had some time to spare. Rosina, at twenty-eight, most certainly did not. The urgency was greater since she was no beauty and had recently declared herself to be a New Woman and resolved never to marry. “
What are you reading and where are you going?