Jessica Fellowes is an author, journalist and public speaker. Her career began at the Mail on Sunday, where she was a celebrity interviewer, gossip columnist and lifestyle editor for six years. From there, she went on to be Deputy Editor of Country Life magazine, during which time she wrote the magazine's weekly Town Mouse 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'. She is the niece of Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes.
Best known as the author of the official companion books to the acclaimed TV series, including The World of Downton Abbey, The Chronicles of Downton Abbey and, most recently, A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey, published in September 2014. Her books are evocative combinations of story, history and behind-the-scenes details of the series.
Her career began at the Mail on Sunday, where she was a celebrity interviewer, gossip columnist and lifestyle editor for some six years. From there, she went on to be Deputy Editor of Country Life magazine, also writing a weekly Town Mouse column. Her first book, Mud & the City: Dos and Don'ts for Townies in the Country, arose out of a collection of her weekly columns written for The London Paper.
She has also authored Is There A Psycho in Your Life? (with forensic scientist Kerry Daynes), the No. 1 bestseller Build a Business from Your Kitchen Table and Shape Up Your Business (with Sophie Cornish and Holly Tucker, the founders of notonthehighstreet.com). Her writing has appeared in The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Sunday Times Style Magazine, and many more. Jessica has also appeared on BBC Breakfast, the panel show 'Never Mind the Full Stops', Working Lunch, LBC's Breakfast Show and regional radio programmes.
Jessica has spoken at literary festivals and events and focuses not only on the characters, sets, and plot lines of Downton Abbey, but also on the socio-historical context of the show, particularly as it relates to the changing role of women, the rise of technology and the crumbling of class hierarchy in post-WWI Britain. In her fascinating keynote speeches, she draws deft parallels between the world of Downton and the world of today.