Jessica Fellowes, journalist, public speaker and author of the worldwide no.1 bestsellers, started out as a journalist at the Mail on Sunday where she was a celebrity interviewer, gossip columnist and lifestyle editor for six years. She was then the 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 Psychology 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 follow-up Shape Up Your Business: The Founders of notonthehighstreet.com share their story in a 30-day success plan.
Jessica is best known for her work as author of the internationally bestselling series, The Mitford Murders (The Mitford Murders, 2017 and Bright Young Dead, 2018), as well as the official companion books to a certain hit television show: A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey (2014), The Chronicles of Downton Abbey (2012) and The World of Downton Abbey (2011), The Wit and Wisdom of Downton Abbey (2015), and Downton Abbey: A Celebration (2015).
All of Jessica’s Downton books have been named on bestseller lists, including by The Sunday Times, New York Times and The Globe and Mail (Canada). As a result, she is in high demand as a speaker for events both in the UK and the 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 Atlanta to Denver and almost every mid-west 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 (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.