I am no anglophile. Admittedly, I recognize Beatles songs with 35 percent accuracy. I just don't get Monty Python (I fake it). I've never swooned over an English accent or a Jane Austen character. I haven't finished the Harry Potter series--which has taken concerted effort on my part, given: I was 11 when The Sorcerer's Stone hit the bestsellers list, I've worked in two bookstores and two libraries, and most of my friends are nerds. But one British sensation that I've fallen for is the BBC series Downton Abbey.
I won't bother with a summary because wikipedia knows, but trust me, it is so so good. Like the British version of The West Wing plus Maggie Smith. Speaking of which, one of the funniest scenes to me so far--which might inspire a future post about my favorite comedic scenes in drama series--was Dowager Grantham discovering the swivel chair. [See Appendix A]
Today, one of the many amazing and well-read patrons here at the Marin City branch shared a New York Times Book Review article from February 3rd that reviewed three books on the topic of this new show. The library has all three!
The World of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellows
Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle by Countess of Carnarvon
Below Stairs: The Classic Kitchen Maid's Memoir that Inspired Upstairs, Downstairs and Downton Abbey by Margaret Powell
Also, for those of you who already love the show, send a Downton Abbey valentine by cartoonist Chad Thomas.