Jessica Fellowes

Jessica Fellowes


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 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 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.

As seen on the Lorraine Show!

Trailer for ‘Milliondollar Princesses’ documentary.

Out now: ‘The Wit & Wisdom of Downton Abbey’ (Headline)

Also out now in UK, US & Canada, a retrospective of all six series in ‘Downton Abbey: A Celebration’.

Jessica Fellowes @jessicafellowes

Bright Young Dead, the second in the bestselling #TheMitfordMurders series by @jessicafellowes is 99p in ebook for a limited time! Download now:

99p! An August holiday treat that’s cheaper than the eponymous ice cream...#TheMitfordMurders series on #Kindle

It’s true. I urge you to read this brilliant book. #DarkSideOfTheMind by @KerryDaynes

🙏 @jessicafellowes for these kind words:

"The humour & psychological skills that have enabled her survival shine through, showing us not only the desperate need for a humane response to crime & criminals but also how urgently the governance around them must be rehabilitated.”

I absolutely adore - j'adore! - this picture... thank you so much & merci beaucoup to @livrivore1

If Austerity is over, as the Govt says it is, then the 40% cut in local Govt funding needs to be restored. Yet not one single Tory leadership candidate has mentioned it. Nothing has caused more misery than this cut; it affects schools, housing, social care, and mental health.

I love the way audio books bring words to life and give you reading time even when walking the dog or pushing a trolley round the supermarket! I'm especially proud of Rachel Atkins's voice on #TheMitfordMurders series. Listen to a clip here. #LoveAudio

This is a quiet revolution - bloggers and reviewers will be able to download and review copies of our audiobooks for the first time. I hope this leads to a lot more audiobook reviews in the press, but also shows how important they are to us. #LoveAudio @HachetteAudio

This is the simplest and most lucid explanation I’ve heard from any politician from any party of what trading with the world on WTO terms actually means. Intellectual clarity is a rare commodity amongst the current crop of politicians.

Very proud my editor has been promoted to publishing director at Sphere Fiction!

Female politicians deal with daily death and rape threats, male politicians ban the sale of ice cream near their events. Real life is highlighting the men fear laughter, women fear murder proverb.

Talk about the hidden disability - even with my short hair, few people spot my hearing aids. But I'll be talking loud and proud @BBCRadio1Offici at 5.50pm this afternoon about #DeafAwarenessWeek2019 Tune in!

Love this! Thank you @followsummergg and @LisaMDayC

After that heartbreaking, gentle interview by @HadleyFreeman about the brilliantly talented Tony Slattery, maybe he could be booked for work?