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Reading the World of Downton Abbey: Episode 3

Post by Lisa Schimmer
Posted January 20, 2013 in NoveList Plus, NoveList Select, Readers' Advisory News

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SPOILER ALERT: Stop reading now if you want to avoid spoilers.


Greetings fellow Downton Abbey fans,

Welcome to the third installment of my exploration of books that relate to the major themes or events in episodes of Downton Abbey. Each week, I suggest a few book titles that Downton fans might really enjoy. If you missed it, check out last week's post about episode 2.

In this week's episode (3), a dark and stormy night brings a strange visitor to Downton.  Except the visitor isn’t a stranger – it’s Branson on the lam from some rabble-rousing in his native land! Meanwhile, pregnant Sybil eludes the Royal Irish Constabulary and follows her fugitive husband to Downton-as-safe-house. Lord Grantham negotiates a pardon for Branson, on the condition that he never return to Ireland.       

Downton Abbey reading recommendationsTry these titles to go along with episode 3:  

The whereabouts of Eneas McNulty by Sebastian Barry
Like Branson, Eneas McNulty becomes a man unwelcome in his homeland.  Unlike Branson, Eneas McNulty is a marked man without a country or extended family with a country estate so sets to wandering the world alone.

A star called Henry by Roddy Doyle
Henry Smart, a Dubliner like Branson, falls in with Irish nationalists as a teenager in the hopes of a steady meal and improving the lives of Ireland’s poor, ultimately becoming an assassin for the IRA during the “Troubles.”

Troubles by J.G. Farrell
An Englishman ensconced at the Irish estate of an English family indifferently experiences the Irish War for Independence and incidents similar to that which precipitated Branson and Sybil’s flight back to Downton.


Lisa S. is an avid reader and a less dedicated television viewer.  She ardently loves and admires everything British, except for tea.  When she’s not cataloging for NoveList, she’s most likely reading something she came across while… cataloging for NoveList.