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Want to immerse yourself in the world of Gosford Park? Check out these websites, biographies, fiction and non-fiction focussing on life above and below stairs in Victorian, Edwardian, inter war, and post-WWII England.

Gosford Park and Robert Altman

Altman on Altman by David Thompsons


The Long Week-End: A Social History of Great Britain 1918-1939 by Robert Graves & Alan Hodge

The English: A Social History, 1066-1945 by Christopher Hibbert

English History 1914-1945 (The Oxford History of England) by A. J. P. Taylor

Uncommon Arrangements: Seven Portraits of Married Life in London Literary Circles 1910-1939 by Katie Roiphe

Good-Bye To All That: An Autobiography by Robert Graves

The Great War and Modern Memory by Paul Fussell

The Perfect Summer: England 1911, Just Before the Storm by Juliet Nicolson

Women in the 1920s by Pamela Horn

Ladies of the Manor: Wives and Daughters in Country House Society, 1830-1918 by Pamela Horn

High Society: The English Social Elite, 1880-1914 by Pamela Horn

Aristocratic Women and Political Society in Victorian Britain by K. D. Reynolds

Working-Class Housing in England between the Wars: The Becontree Estate by Andrzej Olechnowicz

Religious Belief and Popular Culture in Southwark c. 1880-1939 by S. C. Williams

Gender, Modernity, and the Popular Press in Inter-War Britain by Adrian Bingham

Anticolonialism in British Politics: The Left and the End of Empire 1918-1964 by Stephen Howe

Music for the People: Popular Music and Dance in Interwar Britain by James Nott

Popular Reading and Publishing in Britain 1914-1950 by Joseph McAleer

Wartime: Britain 1939-1945 by Juliet Gardiner

Years of Change European History 1890-1945 by Robert Wolfson

Britain on the Breadline: A Social and Political History of Britain 1918-1939 by Keith Laybourn

The World According to Hollywood, 1918-1939 by Ruth Vasey

Queer London: Perils and Pleasures in the Sexual Metropolis, 1918-1957 by Matt Houlbrook

Manor Houses

Life in the English Country House: A Social and Architectural History by Mark Girouard

In Search of a Past: The Manor House, Amnersfield, 1933-1945 by Ronald Fraser

Manor House: Life in an Edwardian Country House by Juliet Gardiner

The English Country House: A Grand Tour by Gervase Jackson-Stops

Life Below Stairs

Backstairs Life in a Country House by Eileen Balderson

Below Stairs by Margaret Powell

Servants' Hall by Margaret Powell

Climbing The Stairs by Margaret Powell

Rose: My Life In Service by Rosina Harrison

Gentlemen's Gentlemen by Rosina Harrison

Life Below Stairs in the 20th Century by Pamela Horn

Life Below Stairs: Domestic servants in England from Victorian times by Frank Edward Huggett

Not in front of the servants;: Domestic service in England 1850-1939 by Frank Victor Dawes

Below Stairs in the Great Country Houses by Adeline Hartcup

The Duties of Servants (Above & Below Stairs) by Jan Barnes

The Rise and Fall of the Victorian Servant by Pamela Horn

The Complete Servant (Southover Historic Cookery and Housekeeping) by Samuel & Sarah Adams

As It Was by Mabel Batten

Ivor Novello

In Search of Ruritania by David Slattery-Christy

Ivor Novello: a Portrait of a Star by Paul Webb

Ivor Novello: A Biography by James Harding

Ivor by Sandy Wilson

Ivor Novello by Peter Noble

Ivor—The Story Of An Achievement; A Biography Of Ivor Novello by W. Macqueen-Pope

Ivor Novello: Screen Idol by Michael Williams

Perchance to dream: The world of Ivor Novello by Richard Rose

New Welsh Drama III (includes "Inside Out" by Lesley Ross)

Ivor Novello's Intimates and Contemporaries

Present Indicative by Noël Coward

Future Indefinite: With the Unfinished Past Unconditional by Noël Coward

Noël Coward: A Biography by Philip Hoare

My Life With Noël Coward by Graham Payn

Edward Marsh Patron of the Arts by Hassall, Christopher

Those dancing years: An autobiography by Mary Ellis

Film & Television

The Rules of the Game
The Shooting Party
The Remains of the Day
Upstairs Downstairs: The Complete Series
The Duchess of Duke Street
Brideshead Revisited
The Cazalets

Film & Television - Non-Fiction

Edwardian Country House (R2 PAL)


The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Shooting Party by Isabel Colegate
Lady's Maid by Margaret Forster
Regeneration by Pat Barker
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
The Light Years by Elizabeth Jane Howard
I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith
Albert Campion Mysteries by Margery Allingham
Maisie Dobbs Mysteries by Jacquiline Winspear
Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen


We'll Gather Lilacs: The Songs of Ivor Novello
Shine Through My Dreams: Original 1917-1950 Recordings
Those Dreaming Years
In London 1930-34 Vol. 1
In London 1930-34 Vol. 2
In London 1930-34 Vol. 3
The Top 100 Masterpieces of Classical Music, Vol. 6-10 (1842 - 1928)
The Dance Band Years


Burke's Peerage & Gentry
The Edwardian Country House
Ivor Novello Appreciation Bureau
BBC Wales: Ivor Novello
Ivor Novello Homepage
Ivor Novello Statue Appeal


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