Fiction for Downton Abbey Fans

March 4, 2012 | M. Elwood

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Are you waiting breathlessly for the third season of Downton Abbey? Fill the time with these fiction titles about the Edwardian era, British aristocracy, and country houses.

Brideshead revisited 150
Falling angels
Fox's walk
Gingerbread mansion

Brideshead Revisited: the Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder by Evelyn Waugh
Charles Ryder is enchanted by the wealthy Flyte family but soon discovers that their privileged lives are not without complications.

The Edwardians by Vita Sackville-West
Nineteen-year-old Sebastian enjoys the luxuries of his upper class life, but finds himself rebelling against its restrictions. 

Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier
Two girls from different classes meet and become friends as the Edwardian era begins to change social customs.

The Fox’s Walk by Annabel Davis-Goff
Ten year old Alice Moore is sent to live at her grandmother’s country house during World War I where she begins to realise that her family’s privileged lifestyle often comes at the expense of others.

Gingerbread Mansion by Lizbie Brown
Set immediately after World War II, this novel tells the story of the destitute Jago family and their efforts to preserve their crumbling stately home.

House at riverton
Howards end
Remains of the day

The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
In 1924, a glamorous society party at a country house is disrupted by the suicide of a promising young poet.  Years later, Grace Bradley, a household servant who knows the truth about the incident is finally given the chance to explain what happened.

Howards End by E.M. Forster
Forster’s 1910 novel profiles three British families, each representing a different social class, showing the impact of their interactions with one another.   

Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford
This comedic novel examines the challenges of aristocratic life and love between the wars.

Remains of the Day by Kasuo Ishiguro
After three decades of service, Stevens, the perfect English butler, re-examines his life and career as the world changes around him.

If you need to catch up on the Downton Abbey phenomenon, Toronto Public Library has the first two seasons on DVD.

Downton Abbey, Season 1
Downton Abbey, Season 2

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