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IF YOU LIKE: Downton Abbey

A room with a view ; Where angels fear to tread book A room with a view ; Where angels fear to tread

Forster, E. M. (Edward Morgan), 1879-1970.

Wealthy Lucy Honeychurch travels to Italy with her very-proper cousin Charlotte as chaperone. And when she meets the charming George Emerson and his very unconventional father, she finds herself torn between the life that has been set out for her and the life that she would like.

Falling angels book Falling angels

Chevalier, Tracy.

In a novel of manners and social divisions set against the backdrop of turn-of-the-century England, two girls from different classes become friends, and their families' lives become intertwined in the process.

Fateful voyage book Fateful voyage

Oldfield, Pamela.

November 1907 - Hester Shaw is hidden away in a small London flat paid for by Alex, her wealthy married lover. When he persuades her to accompany his aunt on a trip to New York she meets young Charlie Barnes, who falls in love with her. This is her chance to put her shadowy past behind her and start afresh but the decision to leave Alex, a powerful senior policeman, will prove disastrous . . .

Snobs : a novel book Snobs : a novel

Fellowes, Julian.

The best comedies of manners are often deceptively simple, seamlessly blending social critique with character and story. In his superbly observed first novel, Julian Fellowes, creator of the Masterpiece sensation Downton Abbey and winner of an Academy Award for his original screenplay of Gosford Park, brings us an insider's look at a contemporary England that is still not as classless as is popularly supposed. Edith Lavery, an English blonde with large eyes and nice manners, is the daughter of a moderately successful accountant and his social-climbing wife. While visiting his parents' stately home as a paying guest, Edith meets Charles, the Earl Broughton, and heir to the Marquess of Uckfield, who runs the family estates in East Sussex and Norfolk. To the gossip columns he is one of the most eligible young aristocrats around. When he proposes. Edith accepts. But is she really in love with Charles? Or with his title, his position, and all that goes with it?

The dark lantern : a novel book The dark lantern : a novel

Brightwell, Gerri.

The clash between the genteel "upstairs" and servant "downstairs" and the dark secrets of two women turn the nineteenth-century London household of the Bentley family upside down, in an atmospheric tale of mistaken identity, dangerous deception, and mystery, set against the backdrop of Victorian England.

The Forsyte saga : the man of property book The Forsyte saga : the man of property

Galsworthy, John, 1867-1933.

The vicissitudes of the leading members of the newly propertied Forsyte family are followed in this captivating series set at the turn of the century. London of the 1880s: The Forsyte family is gathered gloves, waistcoats, feathers, and frocks to celebrate the engagement of young June Forstye to an architect, Philip Bosinney. The family is intrigued but wary of this stranger in their midst, who they nickname "the Buccaneer". Amongst those present are Soames Forsyte and his beautiful wife Irene, his most prized possession. With that meeting, a chain of heartbreaking and tragic events is set in motion that will split the family to the very core!

The house at Riverton : a novel book The house at Riverton : a novel

Morton, Kate, 1976-

Grace Bradley went to work at Riverton House as a servant when she was just a girl, before the First World War. For years her life was inextricably tied up with the Hartford family, most particularly the two daughters, Hannah and Emmeline. In the summer of 1924, at a glittering society party held at the house, a young poet shot himself. The only witnesses were Hannah and Emmeline and only they -- and Grace -- know the truth.

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