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Below Stairs The Bestselling Memoirs of a 1920s Kitchen Maid by Margaret Powell
  

Below Stairs The Bestselling Memoirs of a 1920s Kitchen Maid

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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.

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Below Stairs The Bestselling Memoirs of a 1920s Kitchen Maid by Margaret Powell

Arriving at the great houses of 1920s London, fifteen-year-old Margaret's 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 mistress' nephew, Margaret's tales of her time in service are told with wit, warmth, and a sharp eye for the prejudices of her situation.

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'Enormous gusto, salty humour, wisdom.' (Evening Standard).

'Shrewd, unabashed, wickedly funny, a unique front-line report of her life's experiences.' (Jack De Manio, BBC).

About the Author

Margaret Powell was born in 1907 in Hove. Aged fifteen, she went into service as a kitchen maid, eventually progressing to the position of cook. In 1968 the first volume of her memoirs, Below Stairs, was published to instant success. She died in 1984.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st March 2011

Author

Margaret Powell

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Publisher

Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback
224 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
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Memoirs
Social & cultural history

ISBN

9780330535380

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