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.


Favorite Non-Canon Ship: Andith


Don’t listen to Julian, Anthony!!

My Lord, My Ladies, I give you Sir Anthony and Lady Strallan


For those of you who are my age and for whom TUMBLR is a mystery, the following is a glossary.

  1. OTP One True Pairing
  2. Head Canon or Canon–the show, the book(s) etc–that kind of “canon”
  3. ‘Ship to worship–as in your faves…er favorites.

  4. Usually, but not always, known by a combination of their names



The one and only OTP that I’ve ever ‘shipped in or out of the canon was Andith:  Lady Edith Crawley and Sir Anthony Strallan on Downton Abbey.  Until Julian Fellowes took his pen and removed Anthony’s very obvious backbone and sent him running from the Church in tears, that is.  Never mind that Edith ended up out-ranking Mary by marrying a Marquess. Edith was meant to prattle away at Anthony and Anthony was meant to rummage in his library and nod adoringly in Edith’s direction.



Back in the day I even wrote my own fan fiction of the couple. Here is MY version of how Season Three should have gone! (Click on the Heading below to go to the story).

My Downton Abbey Season 3: Fan fiction: Lady Edith’s Story

See? My version was better!



Do you enjoy Fan Fiction? Do you write it? Who is your OTP?

Leave me a comment or a link!

Meanwhile, you can join in all the Top 5 Wednesday fun by joining the group on Goodreads and playing along. Here’s the link to the GROUP.

If you like Tumblr, Downton Abbey, George Clooney, the Royal Family or Jeremy Irons, here is the link to my Tumblr.

Need another OTP to ‘ship? Morganne is my other. Read about them here.