Jessica Fellowes, journalist, public speaker and author of the worldwide no.1 bestsellers, started out as a journalist at the Mail on Sunday where she was a celebrity interviewer, gossip columnist and lifestyle editor for six years. She was then the Deputy Editor of Country Life magazine, during which time she wrote the magazine’s weekly Town Muse column as well as a townie’s guide to country weekends for The London Paper. The latter formed the basis of her first book, Mud & the City: Dos and Don’ts for Townies in the Country.
A spell as a freelance feature writer for a number of publications including The Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times Style, The Lady and Psychology magazine followed before she turned to ghostwriting, starting with Is There A Psycho In Your Life?, written with the forensic psychologist Kerry Daynes. Jessica also worked with the founders of notonthehighstreet.com on their book, Build A Business From Your Kitchen Table, which went to no.1 of the Sunday Times Business bestseller list and the follow-up Shape Up Your Business: The Founders of notonthehighstreet.com share their story in a 30-day success plan.
Jessica is best known for her work as author of official companion books to a certain hit television show: A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey (2014), The Chronicles of Downton Abbey (2012) and The World of Downton Abbey (2011), The Wit and Wisdom of Downton Abbey (2015), and Downton Abbey: A Celebration (2015).
All of Jessica’s Downton books have been named on bestseller lists, including by The Sunday Times, New York Times and The Globe and Mail (Canada). As a result, she is in high demand as a speaker for events both in the UK and the US, discussing the real-life inspirations for the show, both historical and characters from her family (Jessica is the niece of creator and scriptwriter Julian Fellowes).
Jessica has spoken at literary festivals from Cheltenham to Scarborough and toured with her lectures from Atlanta to Denver and almost every mid-west city in between. She has also made numerous appearances on radio and television, from BBC Breakfast to ITV’s The Lorraine Show and Never Mind the Full Stops (BBC4 panel quiz), as well as co-hosting a one-off Downton special for BBC Radio Oxford. She has 10,000 followers on Twitter. Jessica lives happily in Oxfordshire with her husband Simon, son George, stepchildren Louis and Beatrix, an energetic Labradoodle and two chickens. But she remains a Londoner at heart, the place where her high heels remain blissfully mud free.
BUILD A BUSINESS FROM YOUR KITCHEN TABLE — Buy it here.
Sophie Cornish and Holly Tucker are the founders of notonthehighstreet.com, an award-winning, multimillion-pound online marketplace selling 50,000 innovative, stylish products. But six short years ago they were maxing out their credit cards, trying to secure loans and crossing fingers that their big idea would take off. Now they’ve written down all the lessons they had to learn the hard way, drawing not just on their experience but also that of the 3,000 independent businesses they work with: from finance and marketing to PR and getting your workspace right. With startling honesty, they lay bare the truth about getting started while raising a young family at the same time. They believe that anyone should be able to achieve a great working life on their own terms. Here’s how.
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster UK
PUBLICATION DATE: 5 July 2012
SHAPE UP YOUR BUSINESS: THE FOUNDERS OF NOTONTHEHIGHSTREET.COM SHARE THEIR STORY IN A 30-DAY SUCCESS PLAN – Buy it here.
Sophie and Holly are the founders of notonthehighstreet.com, an award-winning, multimillion-pound online marketplace selling a multitude of innovative, stylish products. In this book they draw on years of experience growing their company and bringing success to thousands of small businesses to help you take stock, look at what’s working for you and your business, and what could be better. Whether you need to improve your confidence, learn the tricks of negotiation or manage your team more effectively, Sophie and Holly have produced a 30-day plan that will give your business the overhaul it needs to grow. If you haven’t got your own business yet, their entrepreneurial approach will help with the day job until you get there.
With searing honesty, Shape Up Your Businessreveals the secrets to keeping that crucial work-life balance while achieving your goals, as Sophie and Holly share their own stories of overcoming all the challenges on their journey.
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster
PUBLICATION DATE: 3rd July 2014
THE WIT AND WISDOM OF DOWNTON ABBEY
‘Come war and peace Downton still stands and the Crawleys are still in it.’
Downton Abbey is loved the world over for its fabulous costumes, beautiful scenery, wonderful characters and intricate plot lines, but what keeps millions of us coming back time after time is the stellar quality of the writing. With each stroke of his pen Julian Fellowes seems to gift us with a cuttingly dry quip from the Dowager Countess, a perfectly timed word of wisdom from Mrs Patmore or a touchingly nostalgic pronouncement from Carson. Here in the The Wit and Wisdom of Downton Abbey, Jessica Fellowes has gathered together her favourite quotes from the complete Downton Abbey oeuvre to take each of us back to the most memorable moments from the show and ensure we are armed with the very best ripostes should we ever need to chastise an impertinent lady’s maid.
PUBLICATION DATE: 10 Sept 2015
DOWNTON ABBEY – A CELEBRATION: The Official Companion to All Six Series– Order it here
Since the moment we first entered Downton Abbey in 1912, we have been swept away by Julian Fellowes’ evocative world of romance, intrigue, drama and tradition. Now, in 1925, as Downton Abbey prepares to close its doors for the final time, Jessica Fellowes leads us through the house and estate, reliving the iconic moments of the wonderfully aristocratic Crawley family and their servants as they navigate the emerging modern age. Travelling from Great Hall to servants’ hall, bedroom to boot room, we glimpse as we go Matthew and Isobel Crawley arriving for the first time, the death of Kemal Pamuk, Cora’s tragic miscarriage, Edith’s affair with Michael Gregson, Mary’s new haircut, Thomas and O’Brien’s scheming, Anna and Bates’s troubles with the law, and Carson’s marriage to Mrs Hughes.
Alongside this will be in-depth interviews with the cast who have worked on the show for six years and know it so well. Packed full of stunning location shots and stills from all six series of the show including exclusive behind-the-scenes photography, this celebratory book is the ultimate gift for Downton Abbey fans the world over.
“A perfect antidote to anyone feeling bereft now that the Granthams are departing our screens in this official companion filled with interviews and behind-the-scenes photos” – Mail on Sunday
PUBLICATION DATE: 10 Nov. 2015
THE WORLD OF DOWNTON ABBEY
Downton Abbey has captured the imagination of the nation. Written by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes the show has become the benchmark for quality drama, and a commentary on all things British. Downton Abbey portrays a world of elegance and decadence, a world of duty and obedience and a world of romance and rivalry: this companion book takes fans deeper into that world than ever before.
Step inside one of the most beautiful houses in Britain, past Carson the butler at the front door and into the grand hallway. Catch a glimpse of the family having drinks in the drawing room before dinner, dressed in their evening finery, whilst Lord Grantham finishes writing a letter in his study. Then climb the grand sweeping staircase to the maze of rooms upstairs and peak through Lady Mary’s open door to see Anna, her maid, tidying scent bottles and jewellery on the ornate dressing table. Having admired the view of the parkland surrounding the house, follow Anna down the servants’ stairs and into the kitchens to watch Mrs Patmore frantically preparing dinner. Mrs Hughes keeps a watchful eye from her study and the world of Downton comes alive before you. Experience the inner workings of the downstairs life and be dazzled by the glamour of upstairs life with profiles of all the major characters, interviews with the actors, behind the scenes insights and in-depth information on costumes and props.
Using a structure to illustrate the main themes of the series, such as the family, daily life, war, servitude, society and style different characters will be focussed on for each chapter. Also the text will give insights into the political and social history of the period, and real-life characters and situations for comparison and illustration.
This is a must for any fan of Britain’s most watched period drama.
PUBLICATION DATE: 15 Sept 2011
MUD AND THE CITY – Buy it here
For the average townie – brick dust in the veins and an unholy dependency on carbon monoxide – the country is a bit of an enigma, the green bit beyond the city to which you occasionally venture for a wedding, a pub lunch or a festival before dashing back to civilisation. But in the last ten years, as ‘going organic’ and ‘buying local’ become the maxims of our age, more than 2 million dyed-in-the-wool urbanites have fled the big smoke in search of this rural idyll. Mud & the City explains the unwritten ‘country code’. How to behave? Where to wander? What to wear? Whether you’re going fruit-picking, spending a hen weekend in a remote cottage, or planning to buy the perfect rural retreat, this is an essential purchase for anyone who doesn’t want to get their Choos burnt.
PUBLISHER: Guild Publishing
PUBLICATION DATE: 25th September 2008
Buy it here.
How many times have you despaired about how to handle your psycho boss or listened to your friend talk about how their dream date turned out to be a bit of a psychopath? It’s far from just a turn of phrase, psychopaths aren’t all serial killers or criminals as you might expect, they are seemingly ordinary people too. In fact around 3 % of the general population have strong psychopathic tendencies.
The devil you know may be in disguise. So how do you know if someone close to hand isn’t quite who they seem? The psycho in your life could be your lover, your child, your colleague, your friend or the hot new date you’ve met on the internet. In The Devil You Know, forensic psychologist Kerry Daynes explains the psyche of a psychopath, she reveals the behavioural traits they share in common and she gives advice on how to handle them – or better still, how to avoid them at all costs.
Using research and high profile case studies, The Devil You Know will help you spot the psycho in your life.