Below Stairs

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Arriving at the great houses of 1920s London, fifteen-year-old Margarets life in service was about to begin...As a kitchen maid -- the lowest of the low -- she entered an entirely new world; one of stoves to be blacked, vegetables to be scrubbed, mistresses to be appeased, and even bootlaces to be ironed. Work started at 5.30am and went on until after dark. It was a far cry from her childhood on the beaches of Hove, where money and food were scarce, but warmth and laughter never were. Yet from the gentleman with a penchant for stroking the housemaids curlers, to raucous tea-dances with errand boys, to the heartbreaking story of Agnes the pregnant under-parlourmaid, fired for being seduced by her mistresss nephew, Margarets tales of her time in service are told with wit, warmth, and a sharp eye for the prejudices of her situation. Brilliantly evoking the long-vanished world of masters and servants, Below Stairs is the remarkable true story of an indomitable woman, who, though her position was lowly, never stopped aiming high. Enormous gusto, salty humour, wisdom Evening Standard Shrewd, unabashed, wickedly funny, a unique front-line report of her lifes experiences Jack De Manio, BBC


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Arriving at the great houses of 1920s London, fifteen-year-old Margarets life in service was about to begin...As a kitchen maid -- the lowest of the low -- she entered an entirely new world; one of stoves to be blacked, vegetables to be scrubbed, mistresses to be appeased, and even bootlaces to be ironed. Work started at 5.30am and went on until after dark. It was a far cry from her childhood on the beaches of Hove, where money and food were scarce, but warmth and laughter never were. Yet from the gentleman with a penchant for stroking the housemaids curlers, to raucous tea-dances with errand boys, to the heartbreaking story of Agnes the pregnant under-parlourmaid, fired for being seduced by her mistresss nephew, Margarets tales of her time in service are told with wit, warmth, and a sharp eye for the prejudices of her situation. Brilliantly evoking the long-vanished world of masters and servants, Below Stairs is the remarkable true story of an indomitable woman, who, though her position was lowly, never stopped aiming high. Enormous gusto, salty humour, wisdom Evening Standard Shrewd, unabashed, wickedly funny, a unique front-line report of her lifes experiences Jack De Manio, BBC
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Title Below Stairs Height 193 mm
Margaret Powell Width 128 mm
ISBN-13 9780330535380 Binding Paperback
ISBN-10 #0330535382 Spine Width 15 mm
Publisher Pan Publishing Pages 209
Edition 2010 Availability In Stock

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