By Daniel Bates - The Daily Mail - 13th January 2012It has already won the hearts of viewers in both Britain and the U.S.
But now Downton Abbey is inspiring a resurgence in publishing in America with a wave of releases to cash in on the trend.
Dozens of 20th century novels about the British aristocracy are being promoted by New York-based publishers to capitalise on the TV series.
Books being rushed into print include memoirs from Edwardian-era kitchen maids, historical dramas from World War I and even novels based on the sinking of the Titanic.
A fresh paperback version of Ford Madox Ford's war novel Parade's End has been released, and copies of The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy by David Cannadine have been flying off the shelves.
Among the others proving popular are Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford, a 1949 novel about the English upper class.
So acute is the interest that book store owners say they have seen nothing like it since the 1970s - when the Downton precursor Upstairs Downstairs was released.
Downton Abbey has proved enormously popular in the U.S. where the premiere of the second season last Sunday drew 4.2million viewers on the PBS network.
In response some cases book stores have held their own screenings for the latest Downton episodes.
Publishers have also taken to Twitter to promote what they see is a chance to boost sales in the January lull.
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