Downton Abbey returns to our screens this weekend and will take us through the next few years of drama at Downton Abbey. If you love Downton like we do, perhaps you’d like to consider reading some books about the time period.
We’ve gathered up a list of books that are suitable reading if you’re interested in the Edwardian era or life in service in general.
The Swallowcliffe Hall Series by Jennie Walters
Jennie Walters is a good friend of ours and was kind enough to know us around Dorset when we visited last May. Jennie has written a bestselling series of novels based at a country house called Swallowcliffe Hall. Here’s the synopsis of the first one:
For ‘Downton Abbey’ fans! Scandal, romance and intrigue in a grand old English country house: Swallowcliffe Hall, home to the aristocratic Vye family and the staff who look after them. When Polly Perkins starts work at the Hall, she finds it hard to learn the manners and etiquette expected of her. Life at Swallowcliffe is a whirl of shooting parties, picnics and balls, and an army of servants is required to look after the guests. Housemaids are meant to be seen and not heard, and nobody takes much notice of the quiet young girl who lights their fires and empties their slops. But Polly is sharp-eyed and quick-witted, and gradually she uncovers a secret lurking in the shadows of the Hall’s elegant rooms – a secret that will end up breaking her heart. When a young American heiress arrives to stay at Swallowcliffe, Polly must decide whether the time has come for her to reveal what she knows.
They’re great reads and available both on the Kindle and in Paperback.
The Cook’s Tale by Nancy Jackman and Tom Quinn
They Also Serve by Bob Sharpe
Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor
Engagement at Beautfort Hall
Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle
The Real Life Downton Abbey: How Life Was Really Lived in Stately Homes a Century Ago
Beyond Downton Abbey: A Guide to 25 Great Houses
The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook
The Edwardian Country House: A Social and Architectural History
Have you discovered at great Downton Abbey related book? Let us know about it in the comments!