Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey tells the story behind Highclere Castle, the real-life inspiration and setting for Julian Fellowes’s Emmy Award-winning PBS show Downton Abbey, and the life of one of its most famous inhabitants, Lady Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon.
Drawing on a rich store of materials from the archives of Highclere Castle, including diaries, letters, and photographs, the current Lady Carnarvon has written a transporting story of this fabled home on the brink of war.
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RIFers in book groups! Here’s a delightful pairing: read Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey and watch the hit PBS show Downton Abbey – sure to inspire a lively discussion! Check out this The New York Times article, “If You’re Mad for ‘Downton,’ Publishers Have Reading List,” for even more reading suggestions.