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Can't get enough of upstairs, downstairs English manor house drama, intrigue, and romance? If you like (love!) Downton Abbey, you may enjoy one of the following selections...
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Non Fiction

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Below Stairs - Margaret Powell
Call Number: B POWELL
ISBN: 9781250005441
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.

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An Edwardian Childhood - Jane Pettigrew
Call Number: 305.2309 PET
ISBN: 9780821219157
With more than one hundred colorful and charming illustrations of the period, the author weaves together the memories of children from all social backgrounds to produce a magical picture of childhood in Edwardian Britain.

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George, Nicholas and Wilhelm - Miranda Carter
Call Number: 940.3112 CAR
ISBN: 9781400043637
In the years before the First World War, the great European powers were ruled by three first cousins: King George V of Britain, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. Together, they presided over the last years of dynastic Europe and the outbreak of the most destructive war the world had ever seen, a war that set twentieth-century Europe on course to be the most violent continent in the history of the world.

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The Perfect Summer: England 1911, Just Before the Storm - Juliet Nicolson
Call Number: 942.083 NIC
ISBN: 9780802118462
Before the Great War tore England apart and changed the way people lived forever, there was the glorious summer of 1911, when the country seemed full of promise and blissfully unaware of the coming storm.

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Servants' Hall: A Real Life Upstairs, Downstairs Romance - Margaret Powell
Call Number: B POWELL
ISBN: 9781250029294
Powell tells the true story of Rose, the under-parlourmaid to the Wardham Family at Redlands, who eloped with the family's only son.

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The Secret Rooms - Catherine Bailey
Call Number: B Rutland
ISBN: 9780143124733
For fans of Downton Abbey: the enthralling true story of family secrets and aristocratic intrigue in the days before WWI.

 

Fiction

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The American Heiress - Daisy Goodwin
ISBN: 9780312658656
Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the twentieth century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts', suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals. Money, Cora soon learns, cannot buy everything, as she must decide what is truly worth the price in her life and her marriage.

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The Buccaneers - Edith Wharton
ISBN: 9780670852192
The novel opens at the height of the 1876 racing season in Saratoga, New York, where mothers with "new money" assess their daughters' competition in the marriage market. It moves to London, where the St. George and Elmsworth girls go because the rigid guardians of American Society will not accept them. The dukes, lords, and marquesses of England, on the other hand, are delighted not only with the girls' beauty but with their fathers' bounty - just what is needed to revitalize impoverished British estates.

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A Duty to the Dead - Charles Todd
ISBN: 9780061791765
A Duty to the Dead, the first book of an exciting new series, is set in England during World War I, and features a spectacular female protagonist.

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Fall of Giants - Ken Follett
ISBN: 9780525951650
The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

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Fiennders Keepers - Jean Marsh
ISBN: 9780312155285
Richard Fiennders and Mary Bowden, devoted friends as children, belong within those dreams. As they grow older, however, their affection for each other begins to stir uneasiness in their parents. Anne Fiennders would never allow her son to wed the gamekeeper's daughter, and Mary's mother, all too aware of her family's dependence upon the Fiennders estate, will do anything to remain in that family's favor. With the passing years, progress invades the small town, and all of England is awakened. Richard and Mary face the end of an era of rigidly ordered living and the collapse of class barriers as they struggle to break free from their families' expectations and create the life they desire.

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The Forsyte Saga - John Galsworthy
ISBN: 9780684818894
The three novels which make up The Forsyte Saga chronicle the ebbing social power of the commercial upper-middle class Forsyte family between 1886 and 1920.

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Habits of the House - Fay Weldon
ISBN: 9781250026620
From the award-winning novelist and writer of "Upstairs Downstairs," the launch of a brilliant new trilogy about what life was really like for masters and servants before the world of "Downton Abbey."

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The House at Riverton - Kate Morton
ISBN: 9781416550518
The House at Riverton is a gorgeous debut novel set in England between the wars. It is the story of an aristocratic family, a house, a mysterious death and a way of life that vanished forever, told in flashback by a woman who witnessed it all and kept a secret for decades.

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Howards End - E. M. Forster
ISBN: 9780679406686
When the beautiful and independent Helen Schlegel begins an impetuous affair with the ardent Paul Wilcox, a series of events is sparked, some very funny, some very tragic, that results in a dispute over who will inherit Howards End, the Wilcoxes' charming country home.

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Long Live the King - Fay Weldon
ISBN: 9781250028006
From the award-winning writer of the original "Upstairs Downstairs"--the second novel in an irresistible trilogy about an Earl's family and his servants at the turn of the 20th century.

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Maisie Dobbs - Jacqueline Winspear
ISBN: 9781569473306
She started as a maid in an aristocratic London household; studied her way into prestigious Girton College at Cambridge; then became a front-line nurse in World War I. There she found - and lost - an important part of herself. Now she has set up on her own as a private investigator, one who has learned that coincidences are meaningful. And Fate brings her a case that will force her to confront the ghost that has haunted her for over ten years.

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The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
ISBN: 9780394573434
A tragic, spiritual portrait of a perfect English butler and his reaction to his fading insular world in post-war England.

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The Woman from Paris - Santa Montefiore
ISBN: 9781451676686
They had built their lives in this grand old house, its walls encompassing their family and their secrets. Nestled in the sweeping hills they have always known, the house is part of their history, their heritage. But these four walls also hold a secret...

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Longbourn - Jo Baker
ISBN: 9780385351232
In this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to "Pride and Prejudice, "the servants take center stage.

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Behind the Shattered Glass - Tasha Alexander
ISBN: 9781250024701
Anglemore Park is the ancestral home of Lady Emily Hargreave's husband Colin. But the stately calm of country life is destroyed when their neighbor, the Marquess of Montagu, bursts through the French doors from the garden and falls down dead in front of the shocked gathering

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Ashton Park - Murray Pura
ISBN: 9780736952859
Among the green hills and trees of Lancashire, only a few miles from the sea, lies the beautiful and ancient estate of Ashton Park. The year is 1916. The First World War has engulfed Europe and Sir William's and Lady Elizabeth's three sons are all in uniform--and their four daughters are involved in various pursuits of the heart and soul.

 

DVDs

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Brideshead Revisited
Call Number: DVD BRI
A Londoner of lower class befriends and begins a romantic relationship with an aristocrat that becomes complicated when the aristocrat introduces his new friend to his sister.

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Crisis at the Castle
Call Number: 728.81 CRI
Explores financial troubles of aristocratic families owning English castles.

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The Forsyte Saga
Call Number: DVD FOR
An adaptation of the classic John Galsworthy novel about Soames Forsyte, his reluctant wife Irene, and their tortured marriage as unrequited love deteriorates with disastrous consequences.

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Gosford Park
Call Number: DVD GOS
Multiple storylined drama set in 1932, showing the lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at a party in a country house in England.

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Lark Rise to Candleford
Call Number: DVD LAR
Television Series.
Depicts country life in late nineteenth-century Oxfordshire through a young woman's experiences in the contrasting communities of Lark Rise, the small hamlet of her childhood, and Candleford, a progressive market town.

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Secrets of the Manor House
Call Number: 941.082 SEC
Explores the lives of the upper class British country dwellers during the early twentieth century and the changes that brought about the decline of their social system.

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Upstairs, Downstairs
Call Number: DVD UPS
The saga of the aristocratic Bellamy family and their loyal and lively servants.

This publication was supported in part by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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