Downton Abbey season 4 begins airing this Sunday at 9 pm ET. The two-hour US premiere will be filled with tea, scones, and high society quips--but what happens when it ends? While you wait a week for the next episode, Zola has a few reading suggestions based on some of our favorite Downton characters.
Rose by Rosina Harrison
Rose is Rosina Harrison's memoir of her time spent as a personal maid to the temperamental and iron-willed Lady Astor. While Downton's own spirited and stubborn Dowager Countess does not have a personal maid in the same sense, this book gives a wonderful glimpse into what it would be like if such a character did exist on the show.
The Last Summer by Judith Kinghorn
Netherwood by Jane Sanderson
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
It is hard to imagine a Downton without the stable presence of Mr. Carson. Fiercely loyal and almost always adhering to the proper way of things, Mr. Carson is not easily shaken. Mr. Stevens, from Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day, shows what would happen if Mr. Carson went a little crazy and decided to take a motoring trip through England.
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Below Stairs by Margaret Powell
Below Stairs tells the real-life story of the kitchen maid in a stately manor. Margaret Powell has all the pep and drama of Daisy with even more ambition. For viewers who want to get a true sense of what life was like 'downstairs', this is a must read.
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