I positively loved this book, though I will admit that it may not be to everyone’s tastes. If you are a fan of the show, it’s a home run with a peek into the annual seasons of the manor house set. Every year it seems as though the good people behind Downton Abbey offer us a new volume into the lives of the Crawley family and I especially loved the look at the Debutante Season, the coming out party and the emergence of the “Bright Young Things” of the roaring 20s. In addition to putting some historical context into what is going on in the show, the book also spotlights various elements of production including costuming, props, music, hair and makeup. If you know a DA fan, this is the perfect gift for them (assuming that they don’t already have it.)
I think that this one may be my favorite of all of the DA companion books and although it’s steep at $29.99 it is a book that you will actually read as opposed to merely admire the photography work. I highly recommend it. Buy It.