Ahhh, Downton. So many librarians’ obsession. I am caught up in it too (although I’m a couple episodes behind). I spent a couple of fun-filled hours searching for fiction, non-fiction and video for my Fans of Downton Abbey display. Some are about the show itself, while others are mysteries and other fiction that may feature stories in that same era, domestic life among classes, or dramatic sagas full of familial intrigue.
I had hoped to have it up sometime during this season, but, alas, it was not to be. I may try to get it up after the season has ended, when there is still likely lots of interest in it. I had planned to use a large version of my flyer and printed out some of the Dowager Countess’ funniest lines, arranging them in a starburst pattern around the flyer. This display could also be used during summer or fall when people are really missing the show.
Secrets of Highclere Castle [videorecording] / PBS ; produced and directed by Vicky Matthews
Dandy Gilver and a bothersome number of corpses / Catriona McPherson
The unofficial Downton Abbey cookbook: from Lady Mary’s crab canapés to Mrs. Patmore’s Christmas pudding: more than 150 recipes from upstairs and downstairs by Emily Ansara Baines
While we were watching Downton Abbey / Wendy Wax
Below stairs: the classic kitchen maid’s memoir that inspired “Upstairs, downstairs” and “Downton Abbey” / Margaret Powell
Servants: a downstairs history of Britain from the nineteenth century to modern times / Lucy Lethbridge
The beauty and the sorrow : an intimate history of the First World War / Peter Englund ; translated by Peter Graves
Heirs of the body: a Daisy Dalrymple mystery / Carola Dunn
Falling angels / Tracy Chevalier
Ravenscliffe / Jane Sanderson
Cavendon Hall / Barbara Taylor Bradford
Rosa Lewis, an exceptional Edwardian / Anthony Masters
Ashenden / Elizabeth Wilhide
Secrets of the manor house [videorecording]: inside British country homes in the early 1900’s / Pioneer Film and Television Productions Limited ; produced and directed by Susannah Ward
The Edwardians / J. B. Priestley
The sisters: the saga of the Mitford family / Mary S. Lovell
Maisie Dobbs: a novel / Jacqueline Winspear
The house at Tyneford : [a novel] / Natasha Solomons
The world of Downton Abbey / text, Jessica Fellowes ; photography, Nick Briggs ; foreword, Julian Fellowes
Lady Almina and the real Downton Abbey: the lost legacy of Highclere Castle / by The Countess of Carnarvon
The Forsyte saga / by John Galsworthy
Brideshead revisited / Evelyn Waugh
The secret rooms: a true story of a haunted castle, a plotting duchess, and a family secret / Catherine Bailey
The American heiress: a novel / Daisy Goodwin
The buccaneers: a novel / Edith Wharton ; completed by Marion Mainwaring
The glitter and the gold / Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan
The last summer / Judith Kinghorn
The house at Riverton: a novel / Kate Morton
Habits of the house / Fay Weldon
And, just for fun, I’ll post my favorite quotes I had chosen as well. Maggie Smith is so perfect in this role.
No one wants to kiss a girl in black.
It always seemed rather dark when my mother-in-law lived here; but then, she made everything rather dark.
Of course it would happen to a foreigner. No Englishman would dream of dying in someone else’s house.
Nothing succeeds like excess.
I do think a woman’s place is eventually in the home, but I see no harm in her having some fun before she gets there.
One forgets about parenthood. The on-and-on-ness of it.
The truth is neither here nor there. It’s the look of the thing that matters.
Principles are like prayers; noble, of course, but awkward at a party.
It’s the job of grandmothers to interfere!
First electricity, now telephones. Sometimes I feel as if I’m living in an H.G. Wells novel.
Everyone goes down the aisle with half the story hidden.
I don’t dislike him, I just don’t like him. Which is quite different.
I do hope I’m interrupting something.
I’m a woman … I can be as contrary as I choose.
There can be too much truth in any relationship.
There’s nothing simpler than avoiding people you don’t like. Avoiding one’s friends, that’s the real test.
That is the thing about nature: there is so much of it.