Downton Abbey lovers rejoice: Creator to release book series 18



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Do you love Downton Abbey? Well then we think you will love this news!

The brainchild of the incredibly popular TV series, Julian Fellowes has announced he will be embarking on a new venture now that the show has completed its final season.

Belgravia, will be a serialised novel in the tradition of authors like Charles Dickens, with each chapter delivered on a weekly basis to readers via tablet app.

“To marry the traditions of the Victorian novel to modern technology, allowing the reader, or listener, an involvement with the characters and the background of the story and the world in which it takes place, that would not have been possible until now, and yet to preserve within that the strongest traditions of storytelling, seems to me a marvellous goal and a real adventure,” Fellowes said in a statement.

The writer and director is no stranger to the world of books, having worked on screenplays, stage plays, novels and children’s books.

Jamie Raab, president and publisher of Grand Central Publishing told the New York Times: “I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of publishing a novel in short episodic bites. He gets how to keep the story paced so that you’re caught up in the current episode, then you’re left with a cliffhanger”.

Belgravia is set in the 1840s, on the eve of the battle of Waterloo, and explores the divisions between the upper echelons of society and newly wealthy families. On the novel’s official website, it is described as “the story of a secret. A secret that unravels behind the porticoed doors of London’s grandest postcode”.

Luckily fans of Fellowes’ work won’t have long to wait, with the first instalment due in April for $1.99. If you prefer to view more traditional formats however, a hardback version of the novel will be published in June.

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  1. I can’t wait for April to download this new novel Belgravia! I love the fact that’s it’s poised on that fateful night of the battle of Waterloo in the Ballroom of Belgravia where the troops literally ran from the Ball in their dress suits and one in four died in those suits,never to return. I also love the idea of downloading episode by episode even a spoken version and any accompanying maps or illustrations.
    Of course when the full hard copy comes out in June,I’ll just have to have that as well!

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  2. I love watching Downton Abbey and am hanging out for this final series, and admire Julian Fellowes, but got a shock when the article said “Belgravia is set in the 1840s, on the eve of the battle of Waterloo. ” The Battle of Waterloo occurred on 18 June 1815, and the ball actually took place on the evening of 15th June.

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