Fix Me A Snack

A blog created by a mom who got sick of feeding her kids crackers and ice cream

A few months ago I went on a Downton Abby bender. Watching at least a couple episodes a night was my entire reason for living. In order to fill the gaping hole that has been left in my being I’ve been turning to whatever works of British fiction I can get my hands on.

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson was recommended by my local library. It’s set in modern England. But the main character clings to his tenuous ties to the past and still dreams of being invited into the world of the aristocracy.

The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin was fluff based on small threads of history. The setting and the time period is the same as Downton Abby and that went a long way for me.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows is a brilliant little book and probably one of my favorites at the moment. I read it in one day during a plane ride and was riveted the entire time. It is set in post World War II Great Britain. Don’t let the title turn you off, it’s splendid.

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel is so well reviewed that I had to give it a try. But honestly, I couldn’t stick with it.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is fabulous, of course. I think I’m about to head into a Bronte bender in the near future.

So what have I missed? My attack of British literature and quasi-literature has been haphazard at best. There are plenty of recommendations on Amazon that are directly related to the Downton Abby show and the history of the castle where it is based. But I’m more interested in semi-historical fiction at the moment. It’s summer.


  1. Natalie
    11:08 pm on July 15th, 2012

    I MUST recommend the Maisie Dobbs series. It is a mystery series set in the very time of Downtown Abbey. You will not be able to put it down!

  2. katielee
    12:31 am on July 16th, 2012

    THANK YOU!! Such funny timing, I just started re-(re-)watching season 1 tonight. I’m totally in withdrawal. AND I just finished a British book that totally left me wanting more of the same. This list is JUST what I need, thank you! To the library’s web site I go…
    An addition to your list, if you don’t mind something a little fluffier, is anything by Rosamunde Pilcher. Guilty pleasure at it’s Britishest. :)

  3. Edith
    2:14 pm on October 29th, 2012

    The Children’s Book, by A. S. Byatt: huge, engrossing, set in the same period…but also much darker.