Author of the worldwide no.1 bestsellers The World of Downton Abbey and its follow-up,The Chronicles of Downton Abbey, Jessica started as a journalist at the Mail on Sunday, going on to be the Deputy Editor of Country Life magazine, before deciding to focus on books. She has also co-written The Devil You Know: Looking Out for the Psycho in Your Life, with forensic psychologist Kerry Daynes, and Build A Business From Your Kitchen Table, ghostwritten for the founders of notonthehighstreet.com, Sophie Cornish and Holly Tucker, which reached no. 1 of the Sunday Times Business Books bestseller list. Her first book was Mud & the City: Dos and Don’ts for Townies in the Country.
Jessica also writes for The Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times Style, The Lady, Psychologies and The Times. In demand as a speaker, Jessica talks at literary festivals from Scarborough to Cheltenham and appears on numerous radio and TV programmes from BBC Breakfast to BBC4’s ‘Never Mind the Full Stops’ via Radio 5 Live. She was also the regular paper reviewer for Nick Ferrari’s LBC Breakfast Show for two years. In America, Jessica has given a series of talks for PBS stations in Florida and the University of Iowa. Forthcoming bookings are for the University of Central Florida, the Women Like Us Foundation and the Philadelphia Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, amongst others.
Jessica’s work for the Downton Abbey books means she has done in-depth research into the social history of the early 20th century, particularly the changes that women were experiencing then, as well as looking at the correlation between the great leaps in technology that were happening then and how similar it feels today.
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THE CHRONICLES OF DOWNTON ABBEY
The official companion to all three seasons.
The Great War has ended, but Downton Abbey is far from peaceful…
A changing world has brought new challenges and new guests. Inside the walls of the Great House there is more intrigue, rivalry and romance than ever.
The Chronicles of Downton Abbey take you deep into the lives of the Crawleys, their servants, lovers, friends and guests. So wander the crowded servants’ quarters and peek into luxurious bed chambers. Go beneath the surface, and experience every aspect of their lives – from daily routines, dressing tables and treasure chests to their most secret hopes and fears.
This lavish book explores the lives of every important member of the Downton estate. Focusing on each character individually, it examines their motivations, their actions and the inspirations behind them. An evocative source of story and background, it will take you even deeper into the secret, beating heart of the house.
Publication Date: 13th September 2012
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
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: Book Guild Publishing
PUBLICATION DATE: 25 Sep 2008
THE DEVIL YOU KNOW: LOOKING OUT FOR THE PYSCHO IN YOUR LIFE
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.
PUBLICATION DATE: 12 May 2011
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