If you like Downton Abbey...Similar books and films for obsessive fans!

Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey Season One DVD - 2011 DVD TV D and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A great series, with marvelous pacing, writing, acting and costumes. In addition to the dvds the series is also available on Netflix instant and thru the PBS website!

The World of Downton Abbey
The World of Downton Abbey By Fellowes, Jessica Book - 2011 791.4572 F and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Tailor-made for obsessive fans. It has plenty of behind-the-scenes juice! Plenty of great pictures of the gorgeous costumes and Highclere house setting.

Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey Season 2 DVD - 2012 DVD TV D and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 3

Annotation:What makes this special is the ability to watch DA in HD. Plus, some documentaries for the big fans as well as a few deleted scenes that didn't make it to the US airwaves.

Below Stairs
Below Stairs The Classic Kitchen Maid's Memoir That Inspired "Upstairs, Downstairs" and "Downton Abbey" By Powell, Margaret, 1907-1984 Book - 2012? B Powell P and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:For all of us wanting the real scoop on living "below stairs" this is the book! Apparently, it was also the inspiration for the Robert Altman film "Gosford Park".

Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey Original Music From the Television Series Music CD - 2011 CD SOUNDTRACK Downton-5493 and more… All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:When I hear the theme music I just get happy! Maybe I should keep this at work for stressful days!

Upstairs, Downstairs
Upstairs, Downstairs DVD - 2002

Annotation:First aired during the 1970s and depicts life in a London townhouse (masters and servants) between the years 1903 to 1930. It is a wonderful show, but be prepared to spend hours watching it. I watched one to three episodes five days a week, and it still took me three months!

Upstairs, Downstairs
Upstairs, Downstairs DVD - 2011 DVD TV U and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A new installment of the drama that aired in the U.S. in 2011, but it depicts the years 1936 to 1937. Wonderful acting! Stars Keely Hawes, Ed Stoppard, Jean March and Eileen Atkins.

The Shooting Party
The Shooting Party By Colegate, Isabel Book - 2002 FIC C

Annotation:A weekend house party in 1913 exposes a decaying social and moral code and a way of life under siege.

Berkeley Square
Berkeley Square DVD - 2004 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Set in 1902 in London, it tells the stories of three nannies and the families who employ them. Very soapy and gossipy. It's a shame the Brits aired only season of the show.

The Children's Book
The Children's Book A Novel By Byatt, A. S., 1936- Book - 2009 FIC B and more… All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Focuses on several aristocratic and artistic families from 1895 to 1914. Shortlisted for the 2009 Man Booker prize, it touches on social issues, the Arts and Crafts movement, and the politics of the era.

Fall of Giants
Fall of Giants By Follett, Ken Book - 2010 FIC F and more… All copies in use Availability details Holds: 12

Annotation:For the more ambitious reader. It follows several different families from many countries as they face the juggernaut that is World War I. At 1,000 pages, you will be reading for awhile, but it gives a great understanding of the war and how it changed the world and society.

The House at Riverton
The House at Riverton A Novel By Morton, Kate, 1976- Book - 2009 MYSTERY M and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 1

Annotation:At the end of the Edwardian era, a scandal at house party threatens a family's way of life. Years later, a woman who was a young maid at the time will hold the key to the family's secrets.

A Room With A View
A Room With A View By Forster, E. M., 1879-1970 Book - 2009 FIC F All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:A trip to Italy. A young couple in love plus exquisite depictions of early Edwardian life, stiff-upper-lip emotional repression, and class divisions.

The House of Eliott
The House of Eliott DVD - 2005-2006

Annotation:Set in London during the 1920s, it is the perfect look at a changing British society. It tells the story of two independent and enterprising sisters who turn their dressmaking business into a fashion house.

The Crimson Rooms
The Crimson Rooms By McMahon, Katharine Book - 2010 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:In post-WW1 London, a young woman struggles in her law career, deals with her old-fashioned relatives and a few mysteries.

Howards End
Howards End By Forster, E. M., 1879-1970 Book - 2007 CLASSICS FIC F All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Exquisite depictions of early Edwardian life, stiff-upper-lip emotional repression, and class divisions.

The Remains of the Day
The Remains of the Day DVD - 2001 DVD MOVIE R and more… All copies in use Availability details Holds: 35

Annotation:A film based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro and set in the 1930s at an English manor house. Powerhouse perfromances by Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.

The American Heiress
The American Heiress A Novel By Goodwin, Daisy Book - 2011 FIC G and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Like Cora, Countess Grantham in Downton Abbey, it features a wealthy and naïve American girl (also named Cora) who marries into British high society in the 1890s, as well as the changes she must make to survive and thrive.

The Buccaneers
The Buccaneers A Novel By Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937 Book - 1994 FIC W and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A more classic take on the American heiress goes to England to marry into the British aristocracy tale.

Gosford Park
Gosford Park DVD - 2002 DVD MOVIE G and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Written by Julian Fellowes (creator of Downton), it is an upstairs, downstairs story of a 1930s house party, a murder and people with too many secrets. Stars Helen Mirren, Clive Owen, Kristin Scott Thomas and a bunch of other people you will recognize.

The Edwardians
The Edwardians DVD - 2008 DVD TV E All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:For those looking for a non-fiction documentary series, back in the early 70s the BBC produced an eight-part series depicting the movers and shakers of the era, as well as dramatizations of pivotal events.

Annotation:Mysteries to intrigue Downton Abbey fans.

The Perfect Summer
The Perfect Summer England 1911, Just Before the Storm By Nicolson, Juliet Book - 2006 942.083 N and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:The granddaughter of the scandalous literary couple Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson, Juliet Nicholson has written a fascinating anecdotal history of Edwardian high society at it’s zenith during one long, hot summer.

The Great Silence
The Great Silence Britain From the Shadow of the First World War to the Dawn of the Jazz Age By Nicolson, Juliet Book - 2009 941.083 N and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A follow-up to The Perfect Summer which depicts the years immediately following the war, England’s attempt to deal with the horror of all the dead and wounded, social upheaval, and the emergence of the Jazz Age.

The Edwardians
The Edwardians By Sackville-West, V., 1892-1962 Paperback - 1983 FIC S and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Skewers Edwardian high society with all it’s decadence and decorative, inbred aristocrats. It focuses on young heirs Sebastian and Viola and a lavish house party that changes them forever.

Inheritance
Inheritance The Story of Knole and the Sackvilles By Sackville-West, Robert Book - 2010 929.72 S Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Knole house is one of the largest private houses in England that has been inhabited for over 400 years by 13 generations of one eccentric family — the Sackvilles. Author Lord Robert Sackville-West gives us if-these-walls-could-talk stories and larger-than-life characters that have the fictional Downton Abbey paling in comparison, proving that truth is stranger than fiction.

The Bolter
The Bolter By Osborne, Frances Book - 2009 B Sackvill O Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:One of those larger-than-life characters was Idina Sackville. Written by her great-granddaughter Frances Osborne, we learn of a young woman who rejected Edwardian morals, left her children and husband at the end of World War I, and embarked on a life of parties, scandalous love affairs, and a decadent life in Kenya.

Bright Young People
Bright Young People The Lost Generation of London's Jazz Age By Taylor, D. J., 1960- Book - 2009 305.242 T and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation: A comprehensive look at the scandalous, aristocratic men and women of Britain's Jazz Age.

A Countess Below Stairs
A Countess Below Stairs By Ibbotson, Eva Paperback - 2007 FIC I and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Set at an English country house at the end of WWI, it is the story of a Russian aristocrat/refugee who gets a job as a housemaid. An all-time favorite of mine, the book may be a light romance, but it still manages to discuss the plight of WWI veterans, the Russian Revolution of 1917, anti-semitism among the British aristocracy, and the appalling Eugenics movement which would soon manifest itself in Nazi Germany.

Park Lane
Park Lane A Novel By Osborne, Frances Book - 2012 FIC O and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A young socialite and her maid find meaning and love in Edwardian England.

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For obsessive fans of the British/ Masterpiece series Downton Abbey! Set in England, during the Edwardian Era i and up through the years of World War I, it is the story of the Earl of Downton, his family the Crawleys and family's servants. I have put together a list of books, dvds and websites that explore similiar stories, give you background on British society and culture of that time period and give you information on the series itself. Enjoy!


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