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Below stairs : the classic kitchen maid's memoir that inspired Upstairs, downstairs and Downton Abbey

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  • ISBN: 9781250005441 (hbk.)
  • ISBN: 1250005442 (hbk.)
  • Physical Description: print
    212 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
  • Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2012.

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General Note: Orignally published: London : Davies, 1968.
Summary, etc.: This work is a kitchen-maid's through-the-key hole memoir of life in the great houses of England. At fifteen, she arrived at the servants' entrance to begin her life as a kitchen maid in 1920s England. The lowest of the low, her world was one of stoves to be blacked, vegetables to be scrubbed, mistresses to be appeased, and even bootlaces to be ironed. Work started at 5:30 am and went on until after dark. In this memoir, the author tells her tales of service with wit, warmth, and a sharp eye. From the gentleman with a penchant for stroking 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 mistress's nephew, this book evokes the long vanished world of masters and servants portrayed in Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs. This is the remarkable true story of an indomitable woman, who, though her position was lowly, never stopped aiming high.
Subject: Powell, Margaret 1907-1984
Cooks Great Britain Biography
Working class women Great Britain Biography
Women household employees Great Britain Biography
Rich people Great Britain
Upper class Great Britain
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Women
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