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.
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