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Apparently, you're not the only one looking for Downton Abbey style fiction, because the New York Times ran an article about books for Downton Abbey fans a while back.

Other books that might work are the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear (female detective in 1920s Britain) and perhaps also Maids of Misfortune and Uneasy Spirits by M. Louisa Locke, though those are Victorian rather than Edwardian and set in the US.
 

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I *love* that show!!

I have to admit that I haven't read this one yet, but from what I understand, Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro would fit the category.  Like I said, I haven't read this one, but I read his novel Never Let Me Go, and I loved it.
 

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Disclaimer: I haven't started watching Downton Abbey yet, but it is in my instant queue. However, the first thing that popped into my head was the Lady Julia Grey mysteries. They are murder mysteries set in the Victorian era, so a bit before Downton, but it still has the same feel to my American sensibility.
 

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Thanks guys!! I will look into those! I just started watching the series on Hulu; didn't realize it was so popular!

Has anyone read "Parade's End" by Ford Madox Ford (who thought to name their kid Ford Ford??!?) My friend just wrote an article on it and how it's better than Downton Abbey... not sure if it could be... it was published in the 1920's I think, but it's only available on Amazon for 14.99. I thought older books were out of copyright and could be made into Project Gutenberg books, or something like that?? Not sure I want to pay 14.99 for it!

Anyway, thank you again!! Here is the article in case you are interested.
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2012/03/the-better-downton-abbey.html#ixzz1oFsk5UXs
 

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We had another topic on this a little while ago, you should get some good ideas from it:
http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,98954.0.html

But since then, I've also found these which sound similar (early-mid 20th century dramas involving high society), one in particular I hadn't noticed before is actually by the writer for Downton, Julian Fellows (Snobs):



"Abdication" is a novel on Edward VIII's abdication for Wallis Simpson.

Also, check out this list: http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/15922.Downton_Abbey_esque_Books_

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Has anyone read "Parade's End" by Ford Madox Ford (who thought to name their kid Ford Ford??!?) My friend just wrote an article on it and how it's better than Downton Abbey... not sure if it could be... it was published in the 1920's I think, but it's only available on Amazon for 14.99. I thought older books were out of copyright and could be made into Project Gutenberg books, or something like that?? Not sure I want to pay 14.99 for it!
It's not that simple unfortunately. The amount of years until the copyright expires varies for different reasons - such as if the copyright is renewed. According to wikipedia, at the most, a copyright can last for 120 years from creation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_domain_in_the_United_States
So if Parade's End was published in the 20s, it may not be in the public domain until as late as the 2040s.
 

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Try some of PG Woodhouse Non-Jeeves books.
Try also "The Remains of the Day" Book and or Movie
There is also Evelyn Waugh who wrote in that specific era.

This is all totally sex free.
 

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I like Downton Abbey as well. I read Kate Morton's Riverton House and it was good.
 
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