Sunday, August 2, 2015

Read the book that inspired PBS' 'Downton Abbey'


Are you a fan of the blockbuster hit series ‘Downton Abbey’ on PBS? You are not alone. A recent article in Variety states that it is the most popular drama in the history of PBS. Season 6 that starts in January of next year is sure to be an exciting one. According to the New York Times, the creator of the show, Julian Fellowes, was reading the scintillating ‘To Marry An English Lord’ by Gail MacColl and Carol Wallace when he came up with the idea for the program. Mr. Fellowes stated that the show takes up where this book leaves off. Download the inspiration for this brilliant drama via the Freading site.

“..delightful..dishing up spicy gossip, pithy social commentary..witty”- Publisher’s Weekly

“Large fortunes were made in post-Civil War America. Young heiresses, cold-shouldered by an entrenched aristocracy that scorned new money, looked across the sea to find husbands among titled young Englishmen who were long on status but very short of cash. Nancy Astor and Jennie Churchill are the most famous of more than 100 of these trans-Atlantic brides. This light-hearted bit of social history is lavishly illustrated and bedecked with sidebars and boxes of charts, lively quotes, and other supplementary material. A full register of these enterprising young ladies and a "Walking Tour" are included. Not only fun, but a definitive round-up of the players. Recommended.”
- Library Journal