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Now that you’re watching Downton Abbey….

Tonya Head
Manager, Central Library

I love history, so I have been riveted by the BBC series, Downton Abbey.  As many of you probably know, it takes place during the Edwardian period in England right before and during World War I.  It’s interesting to see how the characters face the change that England goes through as it enters into one of the deadliest wars the world has ever experienced.  It truly changed the world! 

While we’ve all been inundated by books about the Second World War over the last number of years, I realized that I knew virtually nothing about World War I.   So, as I waited for the second season this summer, I read a few great books about the war.  If you are interested in history, and love Downton Abbey, you may find them worthwhile.


by Meyer, G. J.

Length: xxxi, 670 p. :


Publisher: Delacorte Press, New York : 2006.

by Fussell, Paul

Length: x, 363 p. :


Publisher: Oxford University Press, New York : 1975.

by Hochschild, Adam.

Length: xx, 448 p. :


Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston : 2011.

by Keegan, John

Length: xvi, 475 p., [16] p. of plates :


Publisher: A. Knopf, New York : 1998.

by MacMillan, Margaret

Length: xxxi, 570 p. :


Publisher: Random House, New York : c2002.

by Fromkin, David.

Length: xi, 349 p., [16] p. of plates :


Publisher: Knopf : New York : 2004.

by Remarque, Erich Maria

Length: 295 p. ;


Publisher: Fawcett Crest, New York : 1982.

by Barker, Pat

Length: 251 p. ;


Publisher: Dutton, New York, N.Y. : 1992.

by Barker, Pat

Length: 277 p. ;


Publisher: Plume/Penguin Books, New York : 1996, c1995.

by Barker, Pat

Length: 280 p. ;


Publisher: Dutton, New York : 1994.

by Carnarvon, Fiona

Length: x, 310 p. :


Publisher: Broadway Paperbacks, New York : c2011.