10 Tantalizing Tales to Ease Your Downton Abbey Withdrawal
As the sixth and final season of Masterpiece Classic hit “Downton Abbey” comes to a close, we can’t help but dread missing the drama and heartbreak play out in the domestic quarters, the Edwardian garb and decor of the Yorkshire elite—and of course the Dowager Countess’s unfailing quick wit. But the Crawley family isn’t the only one with intriguing secrets and awe-inspiring family drama. Here are eleven books that will ease your approaching “Downton Abbey” withdrawal.
2The Pursuit of Love
Nancy Mitford’s most enduringly popular novel, THE PURSUIT OF LOVE has all the shock, awe, and dry wit of a tumultuous season of “Downton Abbey.” In this classic comedy about growing up and falling in love among the privileged and eccentric, we are introduced to the Radletts through the eyes of their cousin Fanny, who stays with them at their Gloucestershire estate.
At once romantic, sensuous, comic, and somber, BRIDESHEAD REVISITED immerses us in the glittering and seductive world of English aristocracy in the waning days of the empire. Through the story of Charles Ryder’s entanglement with the Flytes, a great Catholic family, Waugh charts the passing of the privileged world he knew in his own youth and vividly recalls the sensuous pleasures denied him by wartime austerities.
4Life After Life
This wildly creative tale about second chances and alternate histories follows the many lives of one woman who lives her life over and over, instantly returning to where her former life left off each time she dies. Kate Atkinson’s novel is inventive, darkly comic, and startlingly poignant.
The mastermind of many a family saga, Nancy Mitford and her sisters lived a privileged life packed with all the elements of a juicy episode of “Downton Abbey.” In this wise, evenhanded, and generous family biography, Mary Lovell captures the vitality and drama of sisters who took the twentieth century by storm and became, in some respects, its victims.
Creator of the sensational ”Downton Abbey,” Julian Fellowes establishes himself as an irresistible storyteller and a deliciously witty chronicler of modern manners. In this wickedly astute portrait of the intersecting worlds of aristocrats and actors, the characters of “Downton Abbey” we’ve come to love so dearly come to life in modern-day England.
7The House at Riverton
In the summer of 1924, at a glittering society party held at the Riverton House, a young poet shoots himself. Only three witnesses—the Hartford family’s servant, Grace, and the Hartford sisters, Hannah and Emmeline—know the truth. Kate Morton’s gorgeous debut is full of secrets, some revealed, others hidden forever.
8The Thirteenth Tale
Reclusive author Vida Winter, famous for her collection of twelve enchanting stories, has spent the past six decades penning a series of alternate lives for herself. Now old and ailing, she is ready to reveal the truth about her extraordinary existence and the violent and tragic past she has kept secret for so long.
Welcome to Downton Tabby, where the aristocrats of the animal kingdom dwell in stately splendor. Sleeping, grooming, sleeping some more, and being fed by their downstairs cats, they are unaware that their way of life, providing work for others, is about to be swept away by the tides of history . . . and runaway cars.