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Books for Upstairs, Downstairs & Downton Abbey Fans!

On any given Sunday night during winters (in the US, fall in the UK) you can find the Twitterverse flooded with tweets about Downton Abbey. This fall, Masterpiece Theater decided to run another (longer) season of the remake of Upstairs, Downstairs as well, much to the delight of fans who watched (what we thought was only going to be) a three part mini-series in the late winter of 2010. Apparently BBC figured out that there is quite a market for shows that feature a culture with which we are no longer accustomed to, but are highly entertained by.

This past Sunday we watched the finale of the second season of Upstairs, Downstairs and will have to wait until January 6th, 2013 (here in the US) to see the season 3 premiere of Downton Abbey, so here are some titles to tide you over during the gap in programming.


Try one of the following non-fiction titles that give you cooking ideas, insights into the lives of those living upstairs and downstairs during the beginning of the 20th century, the perspective of women as they went from their homes to service during the great wars, and glimpses into the making of one of television’s most popular TV series.








If you have a hankering for a bit more fiction, you may find you enjoy the introduction to life at a country manor, a mystery of long-past night of tragedy revisited by a one time housemaid, or a gothic story of a Lady’s Maid.