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!)
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.
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
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.