On March 8 the final episode of the much-loved Downton Abbey Television Series will end. For enthusiasts, and we are many, it will be tough to say good-bye. How to shrug off our crush and still retain our fondness for the Downton Abbey world?


1. Try some time with this delightful book. Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the real Downton Abby by the Countess of Carnarvon. I found this book, recommended by blog reader Bernie Mainzer, a swinging, ringing read. Juicy details of running a high house and the lives of the real family who lived at Highclere were mostly mesmerizing.
Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey
Author: The Countess of Carnarvon
Genre: History/social life and customs
Publisher: Broadway Books (2013)
Paperback Edition 324 pages with Reader’s Guide and Bibliography
Source: Personal Copy

Also written by Fiona, the 8th Countess of Carnarvon:
Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey
The Last Legacy of Highclere Castle

2. Rewatch some of your favorite recent episodes. Episode 8 aired this week and is worthy of another look, performances so vivid and story so intriguing. Certainly, you have a favorite episode.


3. Learn everything you can about Highclere Castle and the British Aristocracy. Is a Marquis higher than an Earl? And Higher at what or where or how? The above books contain bibiographies, PBS has several documentaries, or browse you local library.


4.Watch the movie Gosford Park. This 2001 drama directed by Robert Altman and written by Julian Fellowes, the creator of Downton, is a must see. Fellowes won the Oscar for best writing and received other nominations and awards. It stars Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren, Ryan Phillipe, and a long list of well-known actors. No doubt you will see one of your favorites: Kristin Scott Thomas and Kelly MacDonald are two of mine. Find it at the library, on DVD, Netflix, or at my house, one of the few DVD’s I own. Come on over.

5. Make a big bowl of popcorn and binge watch a new series. See if that is the cure? Not sure what to recommend. A British Series Death Comes to Pemberly available on Netflix is fun.


  1. Mary Ann Krengel

    Love your suggestions, especially the book and Julian Fellows movie. Yes, I must admit my addiction. My name is Mary Ann and I am a Downtown Abbey addict. There is no twelve step program, but your steps will help a lot.

  2. Nancy

    I will miss the series. I love (and sometimes revile in the case of Lady Mary) the characters. I never saw Upstairs/Downstairs. Did any of your readers have a comment on whether that series was similar?

    I will look into the books you suggest, Paulette. Thanks for another wonderful post.

  3. Bernadette Mainzer

    In staying with the theme of Downton Abbey, I received as gifts two books, “Downton Abbey A Celebration” by Jessica Fellowes (niece to Julian Fellowes) with foreword by Julian. A beautiful coffee table book filled with glossy pictures and history of all 6 seasons of the show, but even more. Much history is included on each character, with quotes from the series, and in-depth interviews with the whole cast. Wonderful.(315pp.)

    Another book that complements the larger one is “The Wit and Wisdom of Downton Abbey.” Again written by Jessica Fellowes, it gives all the humor of Violet (Dowager Countess),Carson, Mary, Mrs. Patmore, et al, in different situations on various subjects throughout the series. Pictures are included. A funny reminiscent read. While much smaller than the first book, still a very enjoyable read, as well. Will miss the series for sure. ((128pp.)


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