Downton Abbey

Season 4 starts January 5th!  Here are some things to read or watch while you wait for the next episode.

Ashenden / Elizabeth Wilhide

Ashenden / Elizabeth Wilhide

A saga of the upstairs and downstairs residents of an English country house spans more than two centuries and includes the stories of its original architect, soldiers billeted in the house during World War I, and a young couple who restores the house in the 1950s.

Brideshead revisited [CD-sound recording]

Brideshead revisited [CD-sound recording] / Evelyn Waugh

Read by Jeremy Irons.

Set in 1920's England, the story examines the wealthy Flyte family through the eyes of Sebastian Flyte's less wealthy school friend Charles Ryder, who is eventually tempted into an extramarital affair with Sebastian's sister, Lady Julia.

Cranford [DVD-videorecording]

Cranford [DVD-videorecording]

The story follows the adventures of the people in the English town of Cranford in 1842.

 The Forsyte saga / by John Galsworthy
The Forsyte saga / John Galsworthy
 
A complete, one-volume edition of the classic portrait of upper-middle-class life in Victorian England contains three novels--The Man of Property, In Chancery, and To Let--and their interconnecting interludes
 Gosford Park [DVD-videorecording]
Gosford Park [DVD-videorecording]
 
Drama set at the country estate of Sir William McCordle in 1932, showing the lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at a hunting party weekend when one of the group is murdered.
 
 
The house at Riverton : a novel / Kate Morton

The house at Riverton  / Kate Morton

Living out her final days in a nursing home, ninety-eight-year-old Grace remembers the secrets surrounding the 1924 suicide of a young poet during a glittering society party hosted by Grace's English aristocrat employers, a family that is shattered by war.

 

 Howards End [DVD-videorecording]
Howards End [DVD-videorecording]
 
In Edwardian England, two well educated sisters, each find different ways to deal with the constrainsts of society.
 Longbourn / Jo Baker
Longbourn / Jo Baker
 
A reimagining of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" from the perspectives of its below-stairs servants captures the drama of the Bennet household from the sideline viewpoint of Sarah, an orphaned housemaid.
 
 
Jane Austen's pride and prejudice [DVD-videorecording]

Jane Austen's pride and prejudice [DVD-videorecording]

In early nineteenth-century England, a spirited young woman copes with the romantic entanglements of her four sisters, and her feelings for a brooding gentleman.
 

 Upstairs, downstairs [DVD-videorecording]
Upstairs, downstairs [DVD-videorecording]
 
After a new family moves into the house belonging to the Bellamys, the former housemaid hires a new staff for the family and the aristocrats and their servants try to find a way to peacefully share their living space.
nbm Summaries from publisher materials
   

 

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