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 some 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‘.
A spell as a freelance feature writer for a number of publications including The Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times Style, The Lady and Psychologies magazine followed before she turned to ghostwriting, starting with ‘Is There A Psycho In Your Life?‘, written with the forensic psychologist Kerry Daynes. Jessica also worked with the founders of notonthehighstreet.com on their book, ‘Build A Business From Your Kitchen Table‘, which went to no.1 of the Sunday Times Business bestseller list (she is currently working with them on their follow-up, due for publication July 2014).
Jessica is perhaps best known for her work as author of two official companion books to a certain hit television show: ‘The World of Downton Abbey‘ and ‘The Chronicles of Downton Abbey‘. Both hit the The Sunday Times, New York Times and The Globe & Mail (Canada) bestseller lists. These books led to her being in demand as a speaker at events both in the UK and US, discussing the real-life inspirations for the show, both historical and characters from her family (Jessica is the niece of creator and scriptwriter Julian Fellowes).
Jessica has spoken at literary festivals from Cheltenham to Scarborough and toured with her lectures from New York to Atlanta and almost every midwest city in between. She has also made numerous appearances on radio and television, from BBC Breakfast to Never Mind the Full Stops (a BBC4 panel quiz), as well as co-hosting a one-off Downton special for BBC Radio Oxford. She has 7,000 followers on Twitter and a blog: www.jessicafellowes.com. Jessica lives happily in Oxfordshire with her husband Simon, son George, stepchildren Louis and Beatrix, an energetic Labradoodle puppy and four chickens. But she remains a Londoner at heart, the place where her high heels remain blissfully mud free.