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It's 1924 and there have been many changes at Downton Abbey since the family and their servants first welcomed us there twelve years ago. A generation of men has been tragically lost at the front; children are once again breathing new life into the great house; a chauffeur now sits at the Grantham dinner table; and skirt hems continue to rise. Still, in the midst of all thi It's 1924 and there have been many changes at Downton Abbey since the family and their servants first welcomed us there twelve years ago. A generation of men has been tragically lost at the front; children are once again breathing new life into the great house; a chauffeur now sits at the Grantham dinner table; and skirt hems continue to rise. Still, in the midst of all this upheaval, many things at Downton remain largely unchanged. Nanny still holds sway in the nursery, and there are still summer fetes to be organized, menus to be planned, and farms to be run. This gorgeous book explores the seasonal events and celebrations of the great estate—including house parties, debutantes, the London Season, yearly trips to Scotland, the sporting season, and, of course, the cherished rituals of Christmas. Jessica Fellowes and the creative team behind Downton Abbey invite us to peer through the prism of the house as we learn more about the lives of our favorite characters, the actors who play them, and those who bring this exquisite world to real life. A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey is packed full of exclusive new photographs, with a delicious array of traditional British recipes adapted for modern kitchens: kedgeree, orange marmalade, asparagus tarts, cream of watercress soup, Irish stew, lemon barley water, meringues with red berries, parmesan straws, Christmas pudding with brandy butter and more. From the moment when the servants light the fires against the chill of January, through the last family game of charades and the servants' Christmas ball, this magnificent book invites us to take part in twelve months in the life of Downton Abbey.


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It's 1924 and there have been many changes at Downton Abbey since the family and their servants first welcomed us there twelve years ago. A generation of men has been tragically lost at the front; children are once again breathing new life into the great house; a chauffeur now sits at the Grantham dinner table; and skirt hems continue to rise. Still, in the midst of all thi It's 1924 and there have been many changes at Downton Abbey since the family and their servants first welcomed us there twelve years ago. A generation of men has been tragically lost at the front; children are once again breathing new life into the great house; a chauffeur now sits at the Grantham dinner table; and skirt hems continue to rise. Still, in the midst of all this upheaval, many things at Downton remain largely unchanged. Nanny still holds sway in the nursery, and there are still summer fetes to be organized, menus to be planned, and farms to be run. This gorgeous book explores the seasonal events and celebrations of the great estate—including house parties, debutantes, the London Season, yearly trips to Scotland, the sporting season, and, of course, the cherished rituals of Christmas. Jessica Fellowes and the creative team behind Downton Abbey invite us to peer through the prism of the house as we learn more about the lives of our favorite characters, the actors who play them, and those who bring this exquisite world to real life. A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey is packed full of exclusive new photographs, with a delicious array of traditional British recipes adapted for modern kitchens: kedgeree, orange marmalade, asparagus tarts, cream of watercress soup, Irish stew, lemon barley water, meringues with red berries, parmesan straws, Christmas pudding with brandy butter and more. From the moment when the servants light the fires against the chill of January, through the last family game of charades and the servants' Christmas ball, this magnificent book invites us to take part in twelve months in the life of Downton Abbey.

30 review for A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey: Seasonal Celebrations, Traditions, and Recipes

  1. 5 out of 5

    Karen!

    I am biased with my obsession with the series and Dame Maggie Smith, but be golly, this is a very interesting read. Very interesting. I love all of the details and the arrangement of the book into months that focus on how various aspects of life for servants and aristocrats alike were done in this time, including travel, childrearing, dinner parties, debutantes, and Christmas. The pictures were lovely and the details were amazing. Many chapters housed recipes and "Spotlights" on such consideratio I am biased with my obsession with the series and Dame Maggie Smith, but be golly, this is a very interesting read. Very interesting. I love all of the details and the arrangement of the book into months that focus on how various aspects of life for servants and aristocrats alike were done in this time, including travel, childrearing, dinner parties, debutantes, and Christmas. The pictures were lovely and the details were amazing. Many chapters housed recipes and "Spotlights" on such considerations as costume, props, and location. The amount of detail that went into this book, let alone the production of the show, in awe inspiring to say the least.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Roberta

    I didn't take the time to watch Downton Abbey until about a year ago. Once I started I was hooked and having just finished viewing all the seasons wanted to know about the behind-the-scenes aspect. After reading A year in the Life of Downton Abbey I will have to go back and view the series again to notice and appreciate all the little details that were so carefully chosen to lend historical accuracy. There are many great photos that give the reader an opportunity to see some of these details mor I didn't take the time to watch Downton Abbey until about a year ago. Once I started I was hooked and having just finished viewing all the seasons wanted to know about the behind-the-scenes aspect. After reading A year in the Life of Downton Abbey I will have to go back and view the series again to notice and appreciate all the little details that were so carefully chosen to lend historical accuracy. There are many great photos that give the reader an opportunity to see some of these details more thoroughly than possible when watching the show. The book also provided background information on customs and feelings of the era which I found very fascinating, whether little facts like married women could wear their tiaras to dinner while unmarried women wore other hair adornments or societal shifts such as the horror of the war causing many to value all like more and lose their enthusiasm for hunting and killing small birds and animals. If you are a Downton Abbey fan I'm sure you will enjoy this book and have a much greater appreciation for all the work that went into gathering just the right props and costumes, using proper dialog and ensuring the characters accurately reflect the actions of a person of their status. But if you like knowing small details about the culture of the time I think you will enjoy the historical insights provided.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)

    Year in the Life of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes is every Downton Abbey fan's dream come true. Not only are there gorgeous photographs throughout the book, there's also fun facts about the show as well as what life was like during the time period. And did I mention there are fantastic recipes? What is so unique about this book is the fact that it focuses on each month of the year and details what life would be like at Downton during a particular month. Read the rest of my review here: http:/ Year in the Life of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes is every Downton Abbey fan's dream come true. Not only are there gorgeous photographs throughout the book, there's also fun facts about the show as well as what life was like during the time period. And did I mention there are fantastic recipes? What is so unique about this book is the fact that it focuses on each month of the year and details what life would be like at Downton during a particular month. Read the rest of my review here: http://www.confessionsofabookaddict.c...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I planned to skim this but ended up reading it cover to cover. So interesting to learn how much life/society changed between 1912 and 1924.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Girard

    It was a very interesting book. It made me missed the show ! I'm excited for the movie even more ! It was a very interesting book. It made me missed the show ! I'm excited for the movie even more !

  6. 5 out of 5

    Liawèn

    It's awesome. There's so much background information and insight to the various characters. You really learn to appreciate the series so much more, knowing how much work went into it. And you also learn so much more about the time the series takes place and the life of an aristocratic family. If you want to learn more, it's the book for you! Jessica Fellowes writing is excellent. She captures Downton in her texts beautifully. I'm very much looking forward to trying out some of the recipes especi It's awesome. There's so much background information and insight to the various characters. You really learn to appreciate the series so much more, knowing how much work went into it. And you also learn so much more about the time the series takes place and the life of an aristocratic family. If you want to learn more, it's the book for you! Jessica Fellowes writing is excellent. She captures Downton in her texts beautifully. I'm very much looking forward to trying out some of the recipes especially the Parmesan sticks 😄

  7. 4 out of 5

    Angela Ohrn

    This is a great read for any Downton Abbey fan. It expands on the historical events of the time that may have just been hinted at on the show, giving a deeper understanding of a character's reactions and how Downton's world is changing. It also gives a behind the scenes look of the making of Downton Abbey, granting the viewer a deeper appreciation of all the time and care that go into making this wonderfully immersive show. Disclaimer: I won this book via a Goodreads giveaway This is a great read for any Downton Abbey fan. It expands on the historical events of the time that may have just been hinted at on the show, giving a deeper understanding of a character's reactions and how Downton's world is changing. It also gives a behind the scenes look of the making of Downton Abbey, granting the viewer a deeper appreciation of all the time and care that go into making this wonderfully immersive show. Disclaimer: I won this book via a Goodreads giveaway

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gwen

    A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey is full of lush photography, scrumptious looking recipes, tidbits about the show and more. It is the perfect Christmas (or anytime) gift for a Downton Abbey fan and that is exactly what my plans are for the book. I know it will be a sure to please gift. I received this book free compliments of goodreads, with thanks to the author and publisher.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    The pics alone made this book worth it to read!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Berman

    More beautiful pics and information for the Downton Fan!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alina Maria Cristea

    An interesting journey in the universe of "Downton Abbey". The book is organized in twelve chapters, one for each month, so I read it across the year (thanks for the idea, Irina!), enjoying the description of seasonal events, behind the scene highlights, photos and recipes. Unsurprisingly, my favorite chapter is the last one, which corresponds to the month of December and focuses on the Christmas festivities. I liked the "Downton Abbey" TV series a lot and I look forward to seeing the movie next An interesting journey in the universe of "Downton Abbey". The book is organized in twelve chapters, one for each month, so I read it across the year (thanks for the idea, Irina!), enjoying the description of seasonal events, behind the scene highlights, photos and recipes. Unsurprisingly, my favorite chapter is the last one, which corresponds to the month of December and focuses on the Christmas festivities. I liked the "Downton Abbey" TV series a lot and I look forward to seeing the movie next year!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bookworm

    Another enjoyable book that's best for the coffee table. Yet another companion book/money grab by the people behind the successful show. This book approaches the show a little differently (which I could appreciate) where it looks at the production of the show and the timeline of what might happen at Downton during the year, broken down month by month. There are historical tidbits, words from the actors/producers, gorgeous pictures and recipes.   You can read about the props, the food, how the chil Another enjoyable book that's best for the coffee table. Yet another companion book/money grab by the people behind the successful show. This book approaches the show a little differently (which I could appreciate) where it looks at the production of the show and the timeline of what might happen at Downton during the year, broken down month by month. There are historical tidbits, words from the actors/producers, gorgeous pictures and recipes.   You can read about the props, the food, how the children were brought up, what certain events on the show meant in their historical counterparts and contexts, why certain characters/events/concepts would not make much sense to the viewer in the modern day but was perfectly acceptable/practiced in the context of the show, etc. It made me appreciate the labor and research the show put into its work for continuity, for (relative) historical accuracy, etc.   That's really about it. That said, it's not a perfect book. Like with the other books I wasn't always a fan of the inserts interrupting the text. Some of the information might be repetitive (depending on your knowledge level of the show and the history). Some of the history wasn't that interesting.   The book overall also felt like a bit of a mishmash. You have a chronological order at a look of things and you have mini profiles of the major staffers (producers, creator, historical advisor, etc.), the recipes plus commentary on the show's plotlines, etc. It got to be a bit of a mess. It's still an enjoyable read (for example the recipes that seemed to roughly correlate with the time of the year or particular plotline that happens at that time, etc.) that had an unusual approach but it's not a must buy.   Glad my library had it and I didn't try to purchase it. But if you really want it you can probably find it cheaper now that the show's over.

  13. 4 out of 5

    LAPL Reads

    Downton Abbey enthusiasts will be more than a bit chuffed over the latest book on their favorite PBS television series. They probably will cheer with joy! Not that avid fans need any enticement, but the book is a stunning prelude to next year’s season. In addition there will be another season after that, which will start production next year. This book is set in post-World War I England. Jessica Fellowes interweaves the story of the upstairs and downstairs characters and daily life at the fictio Downton Abbey enthusiasts will be more than a bit chuffed over the latest book on their favorite PBS television series. They probably will cheer with joy! Not that avid fans need any enticement, but the book is a stunning prelude to next year’s season. In addition there will be another season after that, which will start production next year. This book is set in post-World War I England. Jessica Fellowes interweaves the story of the upstairs and downstairs characters and daily life at the fictional estate. There are cameo features on the actors; interviews with individual television professionals who created and executed the series; behind the scenes photographs and commentary; detailed information about the costumes and make-up; authentic recipes; history on the various social customs of the time; a wonderful bibliography for further reading and exploring English history, the stately homes and estates, and cooking. All of it is lavishly presented in a book with color photographs on every page, some with double spreads, and cleverly set within chapters that are based on a twelve-month calendar. It is not necessary to be a devoted Downton Abbey fan to find the book interesting because the book, like the BBC production, is meticulously and compellingly accurate in its dramatic portrayal. Reviewed by Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library

  14. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    This book wasn't quite what I expected, but it was still a really good book. It's broken up month by month, and takes us through the 5th season of the show. In each chapter, we find out what the behind-the-cameras crew are doing, what the actors are portraying, a couple of pertinent recipes, and a "Spotlight" section that highlights a cast or crew member, or a historical note. I learned a lot of fun little facts about the show and all the effort that goes into a season. I don't know about you, bu This book wasn't quite what I expected, but it was still a really good book. It's broken up month by month, and takes us through the 5th season of the show. In each chapter, we find out what the behind-the-cameras crew are doing, what the actors are portraying, a couple of pertinent recipes, and a "Spotlight" section that highlights a cast or crew member, or a historical note. I learned a lot of fun little facts about the show and all the effort that goes into a season. I don't know about you, but knowing more about the behind-the-scenes work actually deepens my appreciation of movies and shows. One little drawback was the recipes. Most of them weren't appealing at all (like Potted Salmon, a method of preserving flaked salmon in butter in jars) or were too complicated or called for too many out-of-the-ordinary ingredients. Oh well. A bonus: lots and lots of photos of the actors on set, both in a show's scenes and behind the scenes! I would definitely recommend this book to any Downton fan.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Marathon County Public Library

    Full of gorgeous photographs, behind-the-scenes information about the show, and fascinating historical details, this book is a must-read for any Downton Abbey fan! The author breaks the chapters into months of the year, describing events that occurred each month and interviewing cast members and crew. She also focuses on a unique aspect of production on the show each month, and even includes recipes tailored for the modern kitchen. This book is meant as a companion edition to Season 5, so beware Full of gorgeous photographs, behind-the-scenes information about the show, and fascinating historical details, this book is a must-read for any Downton Abbey fan! The author breaks the chapters into months of the year, describing events that occurred each month and interviewing cast members and crew. She also focuses on a unique aspect of production on the show each month, and even includes recipes tailored for the modern kitchen. This book is meant as a companion edition to Season 5, so beware of spoilers if you are a few seasons behind. Kathleen K. / Marathon County Public Library Find this book in our library catalog.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Once you get past the main reasons for this book: to show off gorgeous pictures and to make more money for Downton Abbey swag, it's all good. The book takes on a different aspect of life for a noble family combined with elements of the show's production with one featured per month. The pictures are gorgeous and sprinkled with quotes and moments from all 5 series. If you haven't seen the other 4, there will be some spoilers. If you haven't seen series 5 you should be fine. Some interesting recipes Once you get past the main reasons for this book: to show off gorgeous pictures and to make more money for Downton Abbey swag, it's all good. The book takes on a different aspect of life for a noble family combined with elements of the show's production with one featured per month. The pictures are gorgeous and sprinkled with quotes and moments from all 5 series. If you haven't seen the other 4, there will be some spoilers. If you haven't seen series 5 you should be fine. Some interesting recipes including one for lemon barley water which I've heard mentioned but haven't tasted. I skipped reading about how to dress and prepare game. Now bring on the DVDs so I can binge watch.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    Another great behind the scenes book for Downton Abbey. This one differs a little from previous publications. This is a year round version covering all the months ans what happens in each month while at Downton. Familiar recipes from the show are spaced throughout the book, which is a very welcome addition. I also really loved the month of May when they talked about cousin Rose's coming out for her debutante ball at Buckingham Palace. It was fun reading all the preparation a lady of the court wo Another great behind the scenes book for Downton Abbey. This one differs a little from previous publications. This is a year round version covering all the months ans what happens in each month while at Downton. Familiar recipes from the show are spaced throughout the book, which is a very welcome addition. I also really loved the month of May when they talked about cousin Rose's coming out for her debutante ball at Buckingham Palace. It was fun reading all the preparation a lady of the court would have to go through and what was expected of her. I think I have watched that episode and those scenes at least 5 times already!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tamra

    Another fun tie-in book to one of my favorite television shows EVER. So interesting to read about how each season in that golden era of time had it's own events, functions and expectations as well as how both the upper and the lower classes managed them all. The book is divided into months and highlights a specific area for each month. The book also gives a fun inside-look at the making of the series and how painstakingly they work to portray everything as accurately as possible for the time per Another fun tie-in book to one of my favorite television shows EVER. So interesting to read about how each season in that golden era of time had it's own events, functions and expectations as well as how both the upper and the lower classes managed them all. The book is divided into months and highlights a specific area for each month. The book also gives a fun inside-look at the making of the series and how painstakingly they work to portray everything as accurately as possible for the time period. Just one of the many things that makes this show so unique and great! A fun, fun read for anybody who is a fan of Downton Abbey.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

    This is a gorgeous coffee table book, complete with sumptuous illustrations from the series. It was also a very interesting compilation of history, recipes, and tid-bits about the show. I wish the book had not been focused on promoting a particular season, situation the characters activities within a particular season of the show. I would have preferred a general overall approach to the time period and setting. However, one of the most interesting aspects was a how the production progressed thro This is a gorgeous coffee table book, complete with sumptuous illustrations from the series. It was also a very interesting compilation of history, recipes, and tid-bits about the show. I wish the book had not been focused on promoting a particular season, situation the characters activities within a particular season of the show. I would have preferred a general overall approach to the time period and setting. However, one of the most interesting aspects was a how the production progressed through the calendar season. The book is broken up into monthly chapters, and that is how I chose to read it over the course of the year.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Belinda

    What I like about these Downton Abbey books are that they could have been turned into "filler" type of books composed only of large photographs to satisfy the fans but it is clear that a lot of work goes into them. A Year in the Life provides a lot of interesting facts and detail about life in the Downtown Abbey period that goes beyond the show including recipes and current trends. It also has enough behind the scenes photos and stories to satisfy both fans and non-fans alike. A very entertainin What I like about these Downton Abbey books are that they could have been turned into "filler" type of books composed only of large photographs to satisfy the fans but it is clear that a lot of work goes into them. A Year in the Life provides a lot of interesting facts and detail about life in the Downtown Abbey period that goes beyond the show including recipes and current trends. It also has enough behind the scenes photos and stories to satisfy both fans and non-fans alike. A very entertaining read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Arlene

    If you love Downton Abbey, you will enjoy this book that goes behind the scenes of the famous series. A little bit of everything is found between the cover of this non fiction work. You will find out how the research was done that produces a perfect period piece on television. You will learn about clothing and hair dos...most of the ladies wear wigs or hair pieces. Daisy is the only character using the actress's tresses. Beautiful pictures and a few of Mrs Patmore's recipes make this a perfect c If you love Downton Abbey, you will enjoy this book that goes behind the scenes of the famous series. A little bit of everything is found between the cover of this non fiction work. You will find out how the research was done that produces a perfect period piece on television. You will learn about clothing and hair dos...most of the ladies wear wigs or hair pieces. Daisy is the only character using the actress's tresses. Beautiful pictures and a few of Mrs Patmore's recipes make this a perfect coffee table book that you will pick up and look through time and time again.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brie

    Another wonderful edition to the books centered around Downton Abbey. I am so, so sad that the show is coming to a close this year. :( This edition is again filled with wonderful photographs from the show. It mainly focuses on what life was like during that time period, and what major events played roles in the characters lives each month of the year. It also has some wonderful recipes, which I'm kicking myself for not copying before I took my book back to the library. If you are any kind of fan Another wonderful edition to the books centered around Downton Abbey. I am so, so sad that the show is coming to a close this year. :( This edition is again filled with wonderful photographs from the show. It mainly focuses on what life was like during that time period, and what major events played roles in the characters lives each month of the year. It also has some wonderful recipes, which I'm kicking myself for not copying before I took my book back to the library. If you are any kind of fan of the show, pick up this book. It should help with the wait until the new season begins.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tiina

    Interesting information, delicious recipes, and beautiful images. Still, it felt like the book was sewn together from a hundred different pieces that didn't quite fit together. I also started to dislike the way the author told us that everything about Downton is perfect and every crew member a fantastic talent. That's probably true but to repeat it time after time gets tiresome. Downton doesn't need that. It can stand alone and people will still see its perfection. Interesting information, delicious recipes, and beautiful images. Still, it felt like the book was sewn together from a hundred different pieces that didn't quite fit together. I also started to dislike the way the author told us that everything about Downton is perfect and every crew member a fantastic talent. That's probably true but to repeat it time after time gets tiresome. Downton doesn't need that. It can stand alone and people will still see its perfection.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    A wonderful book full of beautiful photographs from the show and the cast behind the scenes. The book is divided into chapters by the month focusing on specific events, themes, and celebrations. Included throughout the book are recipes(with pictures)and advertisements from the time period. A must have for fans of the show! I received my copy from a giveaway from goodreads and the publisher.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rheal

    I received this book for free as part of a Goodreads ARC giveaway. I really enjoyed this book and think it is a fabulous gift for any Downton Abby enthusiasts. The pictures are simply lovely and the extra material is quite interesting. My one complaint is that the recipes are quite complex. I would have loved a few that didn't require a full kitchen staff to prepare. Overall though, this book is a great choice. I received this book for free as part of a Goodreads ARC giveaway. I really enjoyed this book and think it is a fabulous gift for any Downton Abby enthusiasts. The pictures are simply lovely and the extra material is quite interesting. My one complaint is that the recipes are quite complex. I would have loved a few that didn't require a full kitchen staff to prepare. Overall though, this book is a great choice.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    I thought this was going to be just a skim-through kind of book, but I ended up reading it cover-to-cover! It was so interesting, I never realized how much change was happening at that time! It breaks down month by month the history of the times the show takes place, information on the show itself, the making and filming and the people who work behind the scenes and even includes recipes from the times! I learned so much and really found it facinating!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary

    The latest large tell-all book for the Downton Abbey series. This book is a companion to Seasons 4 & 5, complete with references to storylines, characters with lavish photos and mouth-watering recipes. The photos are gorgeous and the text is wonderful in explaining the whys and wherefores of life in a country estate in every month of the year with the appropriate quotes highlighted for good measure. (and a few laughs). A must read for all Downton Abbey fans. Loved it!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Of all the Downton Abbey books I've read, this one might have been my favorite. I liked the way it was organized, giving the reader a feel for the monthly rituals and traditions of a grand home like Downton, and also providing a month-by-month glimpse into the inner workings of the TV show. Beautiful pictures, topical recipes, interesting stories, and fun "in focus" features made this a very enjoyable read. Of all the Downton Abbey books I've read, this one might have been my favorite. I liked the way it was organized, giving the reader a feel for the monthly rituals and traditions of a grand home like Downton, and also providing a month-by-month glimpse into the inner workings of the TV show. Beautiful pictures, topical recipes, interesting stories, and fun "in focus" features made this a very enjoyable read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    This is a beautiful book with lots of pictures of the cast of the TV series "Downton Abbey". The author writes what in each month, what traditions an actual aristocratic family would follow during each of the months of the year. She also includes recipes of many of the recipes that would be cooked during this period. I loved all the pictures of the TV family and how the author of the book weaves in all the traditions. This is a beautiful book with lots of pictures of the cast of the TV series "Downton Abbey". The author writes what in each month, what traditions an actual aristocratic family would follow during each of the months of the year. She also includes recipes of many of the recipes that would be cooked during this period. I loved all the pictures of the TV family and how the author of the book weaves in all the traditions.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    What a fun and enjoyable book for the Downton Abbey fan and historical buffs. Written using Downtown Abbey as the setting, the book is loaded with historical information about the changing times in the 1920's after: modernization, education, social changes, etc are all covered along with snippets of books from the times thrown in (such as not educating children until the age of 9). Very enjoyable read and one of the few times I have read a coffee table style book from cover to cover. What a fun and enjoyable book for the Downton Abbey fan and historical buffs. Written using Downtown Abbey as the setting, the book is loaded with historical information about the changing times in the 1920's after: modernization, education, social changes, etc are all covered along with snippets of books from the times thrown in (such as not educating children until the age of 9). Very enjoyable read and one of the few times I have read a coffee table style book from cover to cover.

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