Julian Fellowes Likes Me: My “Downton Abbey” Saga Continues

Lord Fellowes: what a gent!

I posted recently about an article in the New York Times that discussed a current publishing craze for “Downton Abbey”-themed books. My brilliant and loyal friend Fred Bernstein got incensed that To Marry an English Lord wasn’t on the list, since Julian Fellowes had publicly said that it was one of his influences for “Downton.” Fred actually wrote a letter, a piece of paper onto which he slapped a bunch of stamps, and tossed it into a mailbox in Brooklyn. His letter suggested that Fellowes might care to mention To Marry in connection with “Downton.” And faster than you could imagine possible, Lord Fellowes (yes, he’s a lord) wrote a lovely, lovely letter back. Which the New York Times obligingly published this morning. Wheee!

About carolwallace

I spend most of my time writing and reading. Most recent publications: the reissue of "To Marry an English Lord,"one of the inspirations for "Downton Abbey," and the historical novel "Leaving Van Gogh." I am too cranky to belong to a book group but I love the book-blogging community.
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13 Responses to Julian Fellowes Likes Me: My “Downton Abbey” Saga Continues

  1. Judy Fireman says:

    Three cheers for you AND Fred Bernstein, and Lord Fellowes too.

  2. Anbolyn says:

    How wonderful, Carol! I’m so glad your book got such a high-profile acknowledgement. It makes me like Lord Fellowes and Downton Abbey even more!

  3. carolwallace says:

    Oh, Anbolyn, isn’t it exciting? What a generous gesture! (We knew he had a big heart, though, didn’t we, from the way O’Brien treated Mr. Lang?)

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  5. Bravo. So I trust Workman (?) is working up a quick reprint (500k should do) of the book, retitled “To Marry an English Lord: The Real Story Behind Downton Abbey”?
    Fred

  6. Ginny Arndt says:

    Carol – What fun and we of the Meet the Author Committee at Pequot Library in Southport, CT are patting ouselves on the back because we invited you to come speak to us last April. You came and spoke about your newest book “Leaving Van Gogh” which also caused quite a timely stir – Did he or did he not commit suicide? You were great. Congratulations from all your fans here. Ginny Arndt

    • carolwallace says:

      Oh, Ginny, thank you! I must say, it’s a strange turn of events when a 25+-year-old book returns to the news. As to Van Gogh, I’m sticking with the old story. Not at all convinced by the Naifeh & Smith theory.

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  8. Patty Fraser says:

    Please consider an audio book release, too. The wonderful Donada Peters would be a great reader for this book, if Ms. McGovern did not want to read again, as she did for the Jessica Fellowes book.

    • carolwallace says:

      Thank you, Patty — I’ll pass this suggestion along to the publisher. I don’t think we’ve ever considered this before given the format of the book, but if “The World of Downton Abbey” could be made into an audio book, maybe “To Marry an English Lord” could, too!

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