Books to go with Downton Abbey: A New Era

Even though I stopped watching way back in Season 3 when Julian Fellowes had Sir Anthony do something totally wrong (I was an “Andith shipper” in the lingo of that time), [I’m thrilled Edith gets to finally outrank Mary–she’s married to Marquess, Mary is the daughter of an Earl] I continued to read the hilarious summaries of the show in some British newspaper (I forget which now). My Mom wants to go see the new movie, Downton Abbey: A New Era. so I image I’ll join her. Meanwhile, there are some good books out there to help you out while you wait for the inevitable Movie 3–Julian could milk this till poor George dies at Dunkirk, right? (No, no, of course sweet little George won’t die!)

Read my post, Did a Royal Love Story Inspire Downton Abbey’s Lady Edith and Sir Anthony?


Of course, there is the “official companion” book–an industry of these exist now.


Great Villas of the Riviera by Shirley Johnston. I have not seen this but doesn’t it look incredible?


The family’s version of the life of [The Crown] Porchey’s Mummy. Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey by the Countess of Carnarvon.


This Side of Paradise is set on the Riviera at about the same time as the Downton film. The Great Gatsby, of course, is set on Long Island, New York, in the 1920s. [Be wary of Kindle copies sold on Amazon–lots of really awful editions].


Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and all their friends come alive. This book gave me my worst “Book Hangover” of its year! I just couldn’t leave it behind. Even knowing the outcome from the beginning, I still ached for Hadley. The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula McLain

Evelyn Waugh wrote the book on Downton-ish life. Jeremy Irons and Anthony Andrews did the only version I’ll ever watch of it. Brideshead Revisited. Vile Bodies was Waugh’s book on The Bright Young Things.


Most memorable for the discussion of Hemingway’s member. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway.

Fiction–Nonfiction Pairs

The Chanel Sisters: A Novel by Judithe Little

Chanel’s Riviera by Anne de Courcy

Mademoiselle Chanel: A Novel by G.W. Gorter



The Riviera Set by Mary S. Lovell


Bright Young People: The Lost Generation of London’s Jazz Age by D.J. Taylor


Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things by Robin Muir

The Long Weekend by Adrian Tinniswood

Country House Society by Pamela Horn

One I Have Not Seen or Read

But the cover is too fabulous to exclude it


Twenties London: A City in the Jazz Age by Cathy Ross

I’m Going Just for the Look Robert and Cora give each other here!

Will you be going to see the film? Leave me a comment or a link to your own Downton Abbey: A New Era post.

5 thoughts on “Books to go with Downton Abbey: A New Era

  1. I guess I’m the only woman in the USA who never watched Downton Abbey. I was aware of it but had little interest at the beginning and then later on, I felt it was too late to catch up. So I won’t be going to the movie. I hope you and your Mom enjoy it. I enjoyed your list of books and I have read several of them.

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  2. Agreed that the Irons and Andrews Brideshead was perfect, and I can’t imagine anyone else in those parts. As for the books about Chanel – I refuse to read anything that might put Coco into a positive light, because she was a vile anti-Semite, who took Nazi officers as her lovers, and was probably (almost certainly) a collaborator with the Nazis as well.

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