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Downton Abbey and Books

January 12, 2012

As someone who grew up reading classics after watching the Masterpiece Theatre versions (“Cousin Bette,” in particular, got me started on Balzac) I was very taken by today’s article in the New York Times about publishers efforts to tie new releases into the series. Naturally, I was looking for my own favorite World War I novels. The best one not listed is “Birdsong” by Sebastian Faulks, about a British soldier’s affair with a French woman but highly memorable for its description of a sapper‘s life in the trenches.

What’s your favorite? Let us know in the comments. Have a book you want me to know about? Email me at I also blog about metrics at

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