If you liked Downton Abbey, here are some recommendations for similar books and DVDs. Follow the links to our catalog and place a hold using your library card.
• Brideshead Revisited
• Call the Midwife
• Edwardian Farm
• Forsyte Saga
• Gosford Park
• Lark Rise to Candleford
• Secrets of Highclere Castle
• South Riding
• Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh. Tells the story of the Marchmain family, as narrated by friend Charles Ryder. Aristocratic, beautiful and charming, the Marchmains are indeed a symbol of England and her decline. The novel is a mirror of the upper-class of the 1920s and the abdication of responsibility in the 1930s.
• The Crimson Rooms by Katharine McMahon. A dramatic mystery about love, secrets and discovery in post-World War I London.
• Fall of Giants by Ken Follett. Follows the fates of five interrelated families— American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh— as they move through the dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women’s suffrage.
• Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier. An exploration of social and political history that examines the prejudices and flaws of a changing time. The Colemans and the Waterhouses are divided by social class but forced to interact when their daughters become friends.
• The House at Riverton by Kate Morton. A story set in England between the two world wars bout 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.
• Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear. In the first installment of Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs series, private detective Maisie Dobbs must investigate the reappearance of a dead man who turns up at a cooperative farm called the Retreat that caters to men who are recovering their health after World War I.
• No Graves as Yet: A Novel of World War I by Anne Perry. The first installment in Perry’s World War I series sweeps readers into the golden summer of 1914, a time of brief enchantment when English men and women basked in the security of wealth and power, even as the last weeks of their privileged world were swiftly passing.
• The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. A tragic spiritual portrait of a perfect English butler and his reaction to his fading insular world in post-war England.
• A Room with a View by E. M. Forster. A story set in Florence, Italy, and Surrey, England during the early 1900s about young Lucy Honeychurch’s choice between propriety and love.
• Snobs by Julian Fellowes. A wickedly astute portrait of the intersecting worlds of aristocrats and actors provides an insider’s look at a contemporary England that is still not as classless as it is popularly supposed. (written by the creator of “Downton Abbey”)
• Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey by The Countess of Carnarvon. Tells the story behind Highclere Castle, the real-life inspiration and setting for Downton Abbey as well as the life of one of its most famous inhabitants, Lady Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon.
• Lady Catherine, the Earl and the Real Downton Abbey by Fiona Carnarvon. The current Countess of Carnarvon tells the story of Catherine Wendell, the beautiful and spirited American woman who married Lady Almina’s son, the man who would become the 6th Earl of Carnarvon
• The Perfect Summer: England 1911, Just Before the Storm by Juliet Nicholson. The Perfect Summer chronicles a glorious English summer a century ago when the world was on the cusp of irrevocable change.
• To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 by Adam Hochschild. A riveting, suspenseful narrative with haunting echoes for our own time. Hochschild brings World War I to life as never before by focusing on the long-ignored moral drama of the war’s critics, alongside its generals and heroes.
• The World of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes. A lavish look at the real world— both the secret history and the behind-the-scenes drama— of the spellbinding Masterpiece TV series.
• Below Stairs: The Classic Kitchen Maid’s Memoir that Inspired “Upstairs, Downstairs” and “Downton Abbey” by Margaret Powell. The remarkable true story of an indomitable woman who, though her position was lowly, never stopped aiming high.