If you like the television show Downton Abbey, try . . .

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey tells the story behind Highclere Castle, the real-life inspiration for the hit PBS show Downton Abbey, and the life of one of its most famous inhabitants, Lady Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon and the basis of the fictional character Lady Cora Crawley.

Below Stairs: the Classic Kitchen Maid’s Memoir

The classic kitchen maid’s memoir that inspired the series “Upstairs, Downstairs” and “Downton Abbey” is back–the remarkable true story of an indomitable woman who, though her position was lowly, never stopped aiming high.

People Who Say Goodbye: Memories of Childhood

Seventy years ago, Betts was five years old when the First World War broke and although she did not always understand the significance of the things she saw and heard, she stored them away in her memory She recreates her past with both humor and honesty, her book reveals a unique and independent spirit.

Tea at Miss Cranston’s

Tea at Miss Cranston’s was one of the special pleasures of a bygone age recorded by Anna Blair during extensive interviews with older Glasgow citizens. And if nostalgia includes memories of harsher times — poverty and war or even hiring for a penny of a whitewash brush from a painter and decorator (with a ha’ penny refund if it was taken back cleaned) — then this is nostalgic.

The Private Life of a Country House 1912-1939

A fascinating account of Lesley Lewis’s Essex home as she remembers it from about 1912 to 1939 — a minor English country house with a routine typical of its time. She describes the house in detail, with personal touches about the things that went on in its various rooms and the people involved, widening the field in chapters about the countryside and special occasions.

The World of Downton Abbey

A lavish look at the real world – both the secret history and the behind-the-scenes drama – of the spellbinding Emmy Award-winning Masterpiece TV series Downton Abbey April 1912. Millions of American viewers were enthralled by the world of Downton Abbey, the mesmerizing TV drama of the aristocratic Crawley family – and their servants – on the verge of dramatic change. On the eve of Season 2 of the TV presentation, this gorgeous book – illustrated with sketches and research from the production team, as well as on-set photographs from both seasons – takes us even deeper into that world, with fresh insights into the story and characters as well as the social history.

Compiled by Kristie in Reference.

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