Lady B’s Top Tips for a Fine Victorian Christmas

Planning, planning, planning. Be in no doubt, Christmas is a military campaign and the best generals must be engaged early on. Food provides the centrepiece of every entertainment and the Christmas feast can, and should, be a glorious treat. To provide the finest fare, however, extra provisions must be made early on.  Nor should we be…

Rave review from Woman&Home magazine

Woman&Home Books Editor FANNY BLAKE reviews Julian Fellowes’s BELGRAVIA Julian Fellowes is best known as creator, writer and executive producer of Downton Abbey as well as scriptwriter for Robert Altman’s Gosford Park.  But he is also a novelist, having previously published two bestselling novels Snobs and Past Imperfect. And now Belgravia. A departure from his…

An East India Company ‘Perfect Pairing’ for Episode 7

Robert Fortune, a Scotsman in the employ of The East India Company, set out on an adventure through China to explore the hidden secrets of tea. He secured more than 20,000 samples of tea varietals and had them sent to Darjeeling, establishing India’s most popular tea region. Today, The East India Company’s Tea Master works…

An East India Company ‘Perfect Pairing’ for Episode 3

Episode 3: The Staunton Earl Grey Although British Prime Minister Charles Grey popularised the hot beverage we now call Earl Grey tea, it was in fact Sir George Staunton, a botanist with The East India Company that we have to thank for its creation. The use of orange flowers to flavour tea was first observed…

An East India Company ‘Perfect Pairing’ for Episode 2

Episode 2: Afternoon Tea Hamper First introduced to Britain as a gift from The East India Company to King Charles II in 1664, tea has inspired pioneers, built nations, had its value compared to gold and has been a favourite beverage for many. But it wasn’t until the mid-nineteenth century that the act of ‘afternoon…

The world is waiting for Julian Fellowes’€™s BELGRAVIA

Since the news broke in early January of Julian Fellowes’€™s innovative project, BELGRAVIA, the response has been amazing. The buzz is building around this brand new story, set in the 19th century, and fans around the world are already sharing their excitement. The opening episode €“– which you’€™ll be able to read free of charge…

Julian Fellowes Brings the Serial into the Digital Age

 Ground-breaking new project will see story published in weekly chapters on immersive app Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and Orion Publishing are delighted to announce an exciting new publishing project that has its roots in the writing of Dickens, Hardy and Gaskell. Julian Fellowes’s BELGRAVIA will launch in April 2016 and will marry cutting edge…