The Maid's Tale

The Maid's Tale
Title The Maid's Tale PDF eBook
Author Tom Quinn
Publisher Hachette UK
Pages 192
Release 2011-09-15
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 144473587X

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Praise for Lives of the Servants: ‘Reading this fascinating book is likely to unleash almost anyone’s Inner Bolshevik...!' Daily Mail ‘...a fascinating portrait of the drudgery and servility of a domestic's life.' The Age ‘...captures the subtleties of the English class system to an extraordinary degree.' Midstate Observer 'If the Brothers Grimm had ended Cinderella where she was being forced to clean the house by her stepsisters, they might have accidentally been writing Rose Plummer's biography. The maid's story makes for harsh, heartbreaking, fascinating reading.’ The Daily Telegraph, NZ Born in 1910, Rose Plummer grew up in an East End slum, where she and fought an unending battle with hunger and squalor. At the age of fifteen, Rose started work as a live-in maid, and despite the poverty of her childhood, nothing could have prepared her for the long hours, the backbreaking work and the harshness of a world in which servants were treated as if they were less than human. But however difficult life became, Rose found something to laugh about, and her remarkable spirit and gift for friendship shines through in her memories of a now-vanished world.




Servants' Stories

Servants' Stories
Title Servants' Stories PDF eBook
Author Michelle Higgs
Publisher Casemate Publishers
Pages 197
Release 2015-09-30
Genre Social Science
ISBN 1473871646

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True accounts by domestic servants though a century and a half of British history revealing what their lives were really like—includes illustrations. Step into the world of domestic service and discover what life was really like for these unsung heroines (and heroes) of society. Between 1800 and 1950, the role of servants changed dramatically, but they remained the people without whom the upper and middle classes could not function. Through oral histories, diaries, newspaper reports, and never before seen testimonies, domestic servants tell their stories, warts and all—Downton it isn’t! You’ll read about revenge on a mistress with a box of beetles; the despair and loneliness of a fourteen-year-old maid; the adventure of moving to London to go into service; and an escape from an unhappy home life—as well as the “servant problem” and how servants found work; how National Insurance began to improve their lot; the impact World War I had on domestic service; and what was done to try to make the occupation appealing to a new generation. Praise for Michelle Higgs’ previous books “Enjoyable and well-written social history.” —Who Do You Think You Are? “Daily life is recounted with both historical detail and sympathy, aided by numerous first-person accounts.” —Your Family Tree




Below Stairs

Below Stairs
Title Below Stairs PDF eBook
Author Margaret Powell
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Pages 288
Release 2011-03-04
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 1447200403

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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’s nephew, Margaret’s 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 life's experiences' Jack De Manio, BBC




Below Stairs

Below Stairs
Title Below Stairs PDF eBook
Author Margaret Powell
Publisher St. Martin's Griffin
Pages 224
Release 2012-12-24
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 9781250023216

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Brilliantly evoking the long-vanished world of masters and servants portrayed in Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs, Margaret Powell’s classic memoir of her time in service, Below Stairs, is the remarkable true story of an indomitable woman who, though she served in the great houses of England, never stopped aiming high. Powell first arrived at the servants' entrance of one of those great houses in the 1920s. 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 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-parlormaid, fired for being seduced by her mistress’s nephew, Margaret’s tales of her time in service are told with wit, warmth, and a sharp eye for the prejudices of her situation. Margaret Powell's true story of a life spent in service is a fascinating “downstairs” portrait of the glittering, long-gone worlds behind the closed doors of Downton Abbey and 165 Eaton Place.




The Maid's Tale SS

The Maid's Tale SS
Title The Maid's Tale SS PDF eBook
Author Tom Quinn
Publisher
Pages
Release 2011-09-01
Genre
ISBN 9781444742053

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Below Stairs

Below Stairs
Title Below Stairs PDF eBook
Author Margaret Powell
Publisher Pan
Pages 202
Release 2011-03-12
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 1743038801

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A compelling and colourful memoir that takes the reader inside the forgotten world of domestic service. 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. Yet from the gentleman with a penchant for stroking the housemaids' curlers, 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.




Servants' Hall

Servants' Hall
Title Servants' Hall PDF eBook
Author Margaret Powell
Publisher Michael Joseph
Pages 202
Release 1979
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN

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The sequel to "New York Times "bestseller "Below Stairs," "Servants' Hall "tells a gripping real-life tale reminiscent of "Downton Abbey's" Lady Sybil and Tom Branson. Margaret Powell's "Below Stairs "became a sensation among readers reveling in the luxury and subtle class warfare of "Masterpiece Theatre"'s hit television series "Downton Abbey." Now in the sequel "Servants' Hall," Powell tells the true story of Rose, the under-parlourmaid to the Wardham Family at Redlands, who took a shocking step: She eloped with the family's only son, Mr. Gerald. Going from rags to riches, Rose finds herself caught up in a maelstrom of gossip, incredulity and envy among her fellow servants. The reaction from upstairs was no better: Mr. Wardham, the master of the house, disdained the match so completely that he refused ever to have contact with the young couple again. Gerald and Rose marry, leave Redlands and Powell looks on with envy, even as the marriage hits on bumpy times: "To us in the servants' hall, it was just like a fairy tale . . . How I wished I was in her shoes." Once again bringing that lost world to life, Margaret Powell trains her pen and her gimlet eye on her "betters" in this next chapter from a life spent in service. "Servants' Hall" is Margaret Powell at her best--a warm, funny and sometimes hilarious memoir of life at a time when wealthy families like ruled England.