Thursday, March 22, 2012
Downton Abbey Withdrawal?
I was hooked from the first show and have been obsessed ever since. Luckily for me, the library has titles to appease my Downton Abbey appetite while impatiently waiting for season three to film.
The first is Below Stairs: The classic kitchen maid's memoir that inspired Upstairs, Downstairs and Downtown Abbey. This memoir, written by Margaret Powell, describes Margaret's life in service. Starting as a kitchen maid (think of Daisy in Downtown Abbey), she eventually works her way up to cook. Margaret tells her story with humor, though some of the conditions she endured were no laughing matter. This read is easy and quick, and Margaret comes across as spirited and plucky.
The second is The World of Downton Abbey. The publisher describes this title as: "a companion book to the popular British series about the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants offers insights into the story and characters and background information on British society in the early years of the twentieth century." I am impatiently waiting for this one - but I have leafed through it and the pictures are great.
Two other titles you may be interested in are Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: the Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle and Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor.
To learn more about Downton Abbey, you can always visit PBS.
If you are craving more TV series or films like Downton Abbey to watch, here are my recommendations: Masterpiece Classic Upstairs, Downstairs (the original and the new), North & South (the British one), The Forsyte Saga, and Gosford Park. Happy watching!
Posted by Cara at 9:48 AM