Sometimes the facts are even more extraordinary than the fiction...
This book tells the story of Lady Catherine, a beautiful American girl
who became the chatelaine of Highclere Castle, the setting for Julian
Fellowes' award-winning drama Downton Abbey. Charming and
charismatic, Catherine caught the eye of Lord Porchester (or 'Porchey',
as he was known) when she was just 20 years old, and wearing a pale
yellow dress at a ball. She had already turned down 14 proposals before
she eventually married Porchey in 1922. But less than a year later
Porchey's father died suddenly, and he became the 6th Earl of Carnarvon,
inheriting a title and a Castle that changed both their lives forever.
Catherine found herself suddenly in charge of a small army of household
staff, and hosting lavish banquets and weekend house parties. Although
the couple were very much in love, considerable challenges lay ahead for
Catherine. They were immediately faced with the task of saving
Highclere when debts threatened to destroy the estate. As the 1920s
moved to a close, Catherine's adored brother died and she began to lose
her husband to the distractions London had to offer. When the Second
World War broke out, life at the Castle would never be the same again.
Drawing on rich material from the private archives at Highclere,
including beautiful period photographs, the current Countess of
Carnarvon transports us back to the thrilling and alluring world of the
'real Downton Abbey' and its inhabitants.
Boken är inbunden.
Boktitel: Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey Författare: The Countess of Carnarvon Bokförlag: Hodder & Stoughton
Lady Fiona, Countess of Carnarvon
Lady Fiona Carnarvon married the current Earl of Carnarvon in 1999, and they took over Highclere nine years ago.
Boken finns nu även i pocket på svenska. Översättare: Cecilia Falk. Förlag: Ponto pocket