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Below Stairs The Classic Kitchen Maid's Memoir That Inspired Upstairs, Downstairs and Downton Abbey (Hardcover)

Author:  Margaret Powell
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 1250005442
ISBN-13: 9781250005441
Sku: 222997130
Publish Date: 1/3/2012
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.75H x 5.75L x 0.75T
Pages:  224
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The classic kitchen maid''s memoir that inspired the series "Upstairs, Downstairs" and "Downton Abbey" is back--the remarkable true story of an indomitable woman who, though her position was lowly, never stopped aiming high.
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"A kitchen-maid's through-the-key hole memoir of life in the great houses of England--now a bestseller in the UK. 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 wasone 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. In this captivating memoir, Margaret tells her tales of service with wit, warmth, anda 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, Below Stairs brilliantly evokes the longvanished world of masters and servants portrayed in Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs. Rocketing back on to the UK bestseller lists almost fifty years after its initial publication, this is the remarkable true story of an indomitable woman, who, though her position was lowly, never stopped aiming high"--
Powell vividly describes life as a servant in a stately British home, in a volume that has served as inspiration for the popular television series DOWNTON ABBEY and UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS. While sometimes romanticized, life toiling "downstairs" was full of drudgery, and servants spent long days in such thankless tasks as scrubbing floors and ironing. Worse, to Powell, was sometimes being considered less than human by her employers; she recalls being chastised for passing the mail to the lady of the house without a silver salver, lest their hands accidentally touch. Powell--who began working as a kitchen maid at the age of 14 and remained "in service" until leaving to marry and raise a family of her own--has written a penetrating and detailed book from a perspective that few could match.

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Product attributePublisher:   St. Martin's Press
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