What's on the Bookshelves at Downton Abbey?
If you’re like me, you’re eagerly awaiting the next season of Downton Abbey, which premieres here in America on January 4 (Brits, no spoilers please!). We know that season 5 starts in 1924 and ends in December of 1925, so what world or local events will they experience? What will they be wearing? What will they be reading?
The 1920s produced some of my favorite novels, so I wanted to see what the characters might be reading during these two years. We don't usually see them reading anything but the newspaper, but living the leisure life must afford them time to pick up a novel or book of poetry from time to time. While I hope they would chose from some of the great American authors from that era (F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edna Ferber, Theodore Dreiser, Willa Cather), or current popular fiction from the United States due to Cora's influence, maybe more likely they will be reading British novels. Bestselling British author, Marie Corelli, died in 1924, perhaps inspiring a re-reading of her books. Maybe they will read British literary award winners, such as A Passage to India by E.M. Forster, The Spanish Farm by Ralph Hale Mottram, or Juno and the Paycock by Sean O'Casey, or they will get their book recommendations from the "Books of the Day" sections in the Observer or the Times of London.
Here are some other possible titles on their shelves, please feel free to add your own suggestions below!
The Green Hat by Michael Arlen
The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie
The Constant Nymph by Margaret Kennedy
Precious Bane by Mary Webb
Beau Geste by P.C. Wren
Some Do Not by Ford Madox Ford
The Boy in the Bush by D.H. Lawrence
The Everlasting Man by G.K. Chesterton
The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie
Sorrell and Son by Warwick Deeping
The Hollow Men by T.S. Eliot
Those Barren Leaves by Aldous Huxley
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham
No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford
Carry On, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
Children's books for young Sybil and George
Previously: "Waiting for Downton Abbey"