Suffering the loss of your favorite Masterpiece Classic? If you can’t bear to wait for Dowton Abbey Season 3, perhaps a good book is in order. From the comic to the somber, these novels are all excellent choices for anyone experiencing Downton withdrawal.
The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt:
A sprawling account, set in England between 1895 and 1919, of several English families enjoying a life of bohemian privilege to mask the terrible secrets of their private lives.
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks:
Love and anguish in the trenches of WWI, seen through the eyes of an English expatriate in France who is forced to experience the true horror of war.
American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin:
In a story that may sound familiar to fans of Lady Grantham, the wealthy American heiress Cora Cash travels to England at the turn of the twentieth century to marry the Duke of Wareham. What she finds, however, is a secretive husband and an ocean of difference between the upper classes of England and America.
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro:
Set shortly after WWII, Ishiguro’s masterpiece still manages to parallel Downton Abbey’s more somber moments in his depiction of a devoted servant in one of England’s declining manor houses.
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh:
A soldier’s reflections on the waning English aristocracy, told by Charles Ryder, who in the 1920s becomes entangled with the wealthy Flyte family and their stately home, Brideshead.
Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse:
Wodehouse’s witty banter between the buffoonish Bertie Wooster and his impeccably competent manservant Jeeves is a perfect fit for fans of the Dowager Countess’s perfectly-timed one-liners.