“Behind the Scenes of Downton Abbey”
• New York Times Bestselling Author
• Niece of Julian Fellowes, Creator of Downton Abbey
• Magazine and Newspaper Journalist
As a true insider, Jessica Fellowes will take us behind the scenes of the widely popular international PBS series Downton Abbey. Fellowes discusses the real-life inspirations for the show, which are both historical figures and characters from her family. Fellowes focuses not only on the people, set and plot lines of Downton Abbey, but also on the sociohistorical context of the show, particularly as it relates to the changing role of women, the rise of technology and the crumbling of class hierarchy in post-WWII Britain. Fellowes has a delightfully artful way of drawing parallels between the world of Downton Abbey and the world of today.
The Tulsa City-County Library suggests the following titles as complimentary reading selections for this season’s speakers. All titles are available at the library.
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If you’re late in coming to Downton Abbey, the library owns seasons one through four on DVD. In addition to Fellowes’s books, The World of Downton Abbey (2011) and The Chronicles of Downton Abbey (2012), you might try the following:
Upstairs and Downstairs: The Illustrated Guide to the Real World of Downton Abbey by Sarah Warwick (2012). A tour of a day in an Edwardian-era manor begins with the work of servants and culminates in a dinner party, in a text containing accounts from masters and servants and profiles of such individuals as Winston Churchill and Virginia Woolf (NoveList).
Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle by Fiona Carnarvon (2011). Examines the life of Lady Almina, the fifth Countess of Carnarvon, and the events in Highclere Castle during the First World War (NoveList).
Below Stairs: The Classic Kitchen Maid’s Memoir That Inspired Upstairs , Downstairs and Downton Abbey by Margaret Powell (2012) Brilliantly evoking the long-vanished world of masters and servants Margaret Powell’s classic memoir of her time in service, is the remarkable true story of an indomitable woman who never stopped aiming high (Syndetic Solutions).