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The Countess of Carnarvon LADY CATHERINE AND THE REAL DOWNTON ABBEY First Edition Signed
The Countess of Carnarvon LADY CATHERINE AND THE REAL DOWNTON ABBEY First Edition Signed

The Countess of Carnarvon LADY CATHERINE AND THE REAL DOWNTON ABBEY First Edition Signed

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First edition first print hardback published by Hodder & Stoughton Ltd., London, in 2013. Signed by The Countess of Carnarvon on the title page
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First edition first print hardback of LADY CATHERINE AND THE REAL DOWNTON ABBEY by The Countess of Carnarvon and published by Hodder & Stoughton Ltd., London, in 2013. Signed by The Countess of Carnarvon on the title page. With the number '1' on the copyright page.

The book is in as new condition (cream cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine) with no significant wear. The dust jacket, which is not price clipped, is in fine condition and also has no wear to speak of. Internally the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears or other inscriptions.

Lady Fiona Carnarvon, the 8th Countess of Carnarvon married Geordie, the 8th Earl of Carnarvon in 1999, and they acceded to Highclere ten years ago upon the death of Geordie’s father. Highclere has become one of the most famous houses in England as the location for the PBS series Downton Abbey.

"The follow-up to the international bestseller Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey, this book moves the story into the 1920s, and focuses on the remarkable American heiress who came to reign at Highclere Castle.

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."


350 pages. illustrated with black & white photographs within the text.

ISBN: 9781444785647

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  • Condition:
    Used
  • Product Code:
    12852
  • Weight:
    0.84kg