The premier of Season 3 on January 6th is getting closer, but it’s still hard to wait for die-hard Downton Abbey fans. The release of this new companion book gives those people something to keep busy with until the Earl and Countess of Grantham return to share the drama of their lives. Filled with pictures, historical context and behind-the-scenes tidbits, this is a book fans will love.
The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era, is the official companion book to all three seasons of the program and covers the show in a unique way. Rather than focusing on an episode at a time or a season’s story arc, it focuses on each character individually.
This individualized treatment of each character gives extra insight into not just their actions, but how their behavior fit within the historical world of the time. Part of what makes Downton Abbey such a joy to watch is the way the fiction is tied to real history and the author creates the same link with each character. You’ll get background on how things really were for a maid or a butler and have a better understanding of the challenges they faced.
The actors who play these intriguing characters are also quoted throughout the text. After all, they’re the ones who make the story really come to life, and it’s their interpretations of the history and the fiction that infuses what we see as viewers. It’s interesting to see where there opinions and attitudes about what their characters do overlap with your own as a fan of the show.
The end of the book includes a Behind-The-Scenes where the producers, directors and even wardrobe team talk about their parts in the creation of the show. They’ll share the challenges of pulling it all together and their pride and appreciation for everyone involved and the incredible viewing experience they provide for the fans.
The Chronicles of Downton Abbey ($29.99) is the perfect book for you if you’re a Downton Abbey fan, and a perfect gift for the fan on your holiday shopping list!