‘Downton Abbey’ Creator to Release New Book in App Form

Downton Abbey may be coming to an end, but fans of the series will soon have access to series creator Julian Fellowes’ new project. Fellowes is penning a historical fiction novel called Julian Fellowes’s Belgravia, and he has a pretty unique plan for releasing it.

Belgravia will not come out all at once in book form. Instead, the novel will be released in text and audio installments via a dedicated app. Fans will get a prologue followed by 10 additional installments, paced out a week apart – kind of like a television series! The app will be available for phones, tablets, and computers. It’s a very modern take on the novel, but also a classic one: Fellowes’ website notes that releasing a novel in serial form follows “the tradition of Charles Dickens.”

Julian Fellowes’s Belgravia (yes, the full title includes Fellowes’ name) will take place in London in the 1840s. According to the press release, the novel will be a snapshot of a time “when the upper echelons of society began to rub shoulders with the emerging industrial nouveau riche” and will center around “a secret that unravels behind the porticoed doors of London’s grandest postcode.”

The app will debut in April. You can download it over at the project’s official website. Each of the installments will be $1.99, but fans will be able to get all 10 (plus the prologue) for $13.99.