If You Like….
If you like Downton Abbey, you’ll probably like….
— Eva Ibbotsen’s A Countess Below Stairs, about a Russian noblewoman who becomes a downstairs maid in an English manor house;
— Barbara Taylor Bradford’s A Woman of Substance, about a woman who rises from maid in an Edwardian house to mistress of a financial empire;
— Kate Morton’s The House at Riverton, following the intertwined destinies of maid and mistress at the great house at Riverton;
— Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love (one of my very favorite books) and Love in a Cold Climate— and, if you can, find a way to get your hands on the excellent BBC adaptation;
— Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day, the famous novel told as a butler’s reminiscences about his days in service;
— Daisy Goodwin’s The American Heiress and Edith Wharton’s The Buccaneers, novels about the American heiresses, like Cora, who married into the English aristocracy;
— On the non-fiction end, the Countess of Carnaervon’s Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle and Carol Wallace’s To Marry an English Lord, a look into the inspiration behind Downton;
— and speaking of Americans marrying Englishman, more modern, but very entertaining, there’s also Sarah Lyle’s The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British.
And, of course, you wouldn’t want to miss the excellent Red Nose Day spoof, Uptown Downstairs Abbey!
Which Downton-related reads would you recommend?
There’s a second half of the red nose day sketch! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3YYo_5rxFE
Thank you for the great list! I’ve taken notes…I have The Edwardians by Vita Sackville-West and Howards End by E. M. Forster on my TBR list.
To Marry an English Lord is a great book. I have re-read it so many times, I have had to replace it twice since 1999.
Thank you for your recommendations! A Countess Below Stairs looks fascinating and I’m definitely putting that one on my MUST-read list.
I recently read a book – Maid to Match by Deanne Gist.
Setting is the Vanderbilt Estate near Ashville North Carolina in 1898 and is the story of a maid’s life on the estate.
There’s also a relatively new book, “The House at Tyneford” that’s great for all Downton lovers.
I am having IT issues today so if this shows up 4 times, I apologize.
Maid to Match by Deanne Gist. A srory od a maid on the Vanderbilt Estate near Ashville North Carolina in 1898.
I also just read a news release that Shirley MaLaine is joining the cast next season.
Story of a maid…sorry for the bad typing
I found the DVD of “Love in a Cold Climate” at the library. Tom Hooper also directed “The Kings Speech” and Alan Bates is a riot as the eccentric father.
Don’t forget “Gosford Park”
I’m not enjoying Downton 2 as much as I did the first season. Too soapish, but I do love Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham. I hope it gets better.
Can you believe that I haven’t watched Downton Abbey yet??? I still can understand how that is possible. Oh yes, I know. Have to share the TV! 🙂
But I definitely will try and find The Countess Below Stairs, it sounds like the kind of books I’m sure to love!!
And I have The House at Riverton in my TBR list, so I’ll get around to it soon! 🙂
It’s weird, The Countess Below Stairs seems to be titled The Secret Countess here in Canada… is it the same book?
Don’t know if you’ve seen this before, but I just discovered it and it reminded me of these “if you like…” posts. http://whatshouldireadnext.com/?
If you type in a book, it’ll give you recommendations of books that are similar. For example, “Black Tulip” leads to several books by Tasha Alexander, Jean Plaidy, and Georgette Heyer.