Calling all Downton Abbey fans! I’m excited to announce our final book club selection for 2013. For December we’re reading Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey (Broadway) by The Countess of Carnarvon.
Keep reading because we’re giving away autographed books and Highclere Castle items!
While the Masterpiece Theatre drama is fiction, The Countess of Carnarvon recalls the juicy history of Highclere Castle, where the Downton Abbey television show is filmed:
Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey, a transporting companion piece to the New York Times bestsellerLady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey, tells the story of Catherine Wendell, the beautiful and spirited American woman who married Lady Almina’s son, the man who would become the 6th Earl of Carnarvon. The couple presided over Highclere Castle, the grand estate that serves as the setting for the hit PBS show. Following the First World War, many of the great houses of England faded as their owners fortunes declined in the new political and social world of the 1920s and 1930s. As war loomed, Highclere’s survival as the family home of the Carnarvons was again in the balance—as was peace between the nations of Europe.
Using copious materials—including diaries and scrapbooks—from the castle’s archives, the current Countess of Carnarvon brings alive a very modern story in a beautiful and fabled setting, paying particular attention to the staff who provide Highclere Castle with continuity between generations.
Grab your copy of Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey and join us on December 17 as our book club members discuss the book.
Thanks to the folks at Broadway Books, we’re giving away autographed copies of Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey and Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle PLUS a Highclere Castle framed photo and coasters!
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