Downton Abbey, you'll recognize much of the history of Highclere Castle which was woven into the series. Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey is a biography of Almina Carnarvon, the illegitimate daughter of Alfred de Rothschild. Much of the biography (written by The Countess of Carnarvon) takes place during WWI. Lady Almina welcomed injured soldiers for care and convalescence after returning fron the front lines. The book is interesting not only because of its association with Downton Abbey, but also because of it's overview of English country homes at the turn of the last century. Lady Almina's husband the Earl of Carnarvon was instrumental in uncovering tombs in Egypt and together with Howard Carter discovered the Tomb of Tutankhamen.
This was a good choice for our book club to read.