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The Edwardian drama has been causing quite a stir on both sides of the Atlantic, winning awards, influencing fashion, and even effecting stately home prices.  Now it seems that even book publishers are jumping on the Downton bandwagon.

It’s not unusual for books to be republished or commissioned based upon the merits of a film or television series.  Supernatural romances, and in particular vampire themed novels have been cropping up everywhere due to the success of Twilight, True Blood, and The Vampire Diaries.  Now it seems there may be a new genre (or rather, the return of a very old genre) to challenge this success, and it is being heavily marketed to fans of Downton Abbey.

Memoirs of kitchen maids, letters home from World War I soldiers, Edwardian dramas and novels based on the sinking of Titanic are among the new works being published in light of the shows success.  And it isn’t just new books doing well.  The Decline and Fall of British Aristocracy, and 1949 novel Love in a Cold Climate have seen record sale weeks.

Will you seek out novels set in Edwardian Britian because of the show?  Do you have any recommendations for your fellow readers?  Share and discuss below!

  • goldensnidget

    I’ve always loved that era, and I love the novel Love In a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford! So bring on anything and everything that relates to that period, please… especially the fashion ;)

  • Williecross

    Book lovers may wish to know that in addition to “Lady Almina And The Real Downton Abbey..”…there is a much more controversial account of Almina’s nine decades of living in a book entitled  “ The Life and Secrets of Almina Carnarvon.” “A Candid biography of the 5th Countess of Carnarvon of Tutankhamun fame.”
    Also from the same author, William Cross, FSA Scot, is  “ Lady Carnarvon’s Nursing Homes : Nursing the Privileged in Wartime and Peace” which deals with Almina’s   role as a uncompromising matron of Highclere Military Hospital during the Great War, and her later years running private hospitals in London. Many of Almina’s famous patients are revealed in these  books. The testimony within these titles comes from the memories and recollections of one of  Almina’s godsons, whose mother was Almina’s housekeeper and companion for over thirty years.

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