Jessica Fellowes is an author, journalist and public speaker, best known for her work as author of five official companion books to a certain hit television show: Downton Abbey: A Celebration, The Wit & Wisdom of Downton Abbey, A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey, The Chronicles of Downton Abbey and The World of Downton Abbey. Four of her books have hit The New York Times bestseller lists, with Chronicles and the World publications also making The Sunday 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).
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 and the recently released follow-up Shape Up Your Business: The founders of notonthehighstreet.com share their story in a 30-day success plan.
Jessica has spoken at literary festivals from Cheltenham to Scarborough and toured with her lectures from Atlanta to Denver and almost every midwest city in between. She has also made numerous appearances on radio and television, from BBC Breakfast to ITV’s The Lorraine Show and 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 10,000+ followers on Twitter. Jessica lives happily in Oxfordshire with her husband Simon, son George, stepchildren Louis and Beatrix, an energetic Labradoodle and two chickens. But she remains a Londoner at heart, the place where her high heels remain blissfully mud free.