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Life Below Stairs: True Lives of Edwardian Servants (original 2011; edition 2011)

by Alison Maloney

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Title:Life Below Stairs: True Lives of Edwardian Servants
Authors:Alison Maloney
Info:Michael O'Mara Books (2011), Hardcover, 192 pages
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Life Below Stairs: True Lives of Edwardian Servants by Alison Maloney (2011)

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Not bad, but a fairly light read on the topic. ( )
  Fliss88 | May 18, 2014 |
This was a pleasant and easy book to read, but as other reviewers have mentioned, skims over the surface of the topic and offers little new information for readers already somewhat familiar with the subject and period. ( )
  Lind | May 9, 2014 |
I really liked this book, I learnt so much about a era that I really like. This was laid out really well and had some great information in it.

Full review on my blog www.thebooktower.webs.com ( )
  bookish92 | Mar 20, 2014 |
A good overview of a servant's life in Edwardian England. I shall sum up: sucked. Many servants were people desperate to escape terrible poverty; they were subjected to frightful working conditions, smugly condescending employers, and astonishingly few hours of sleep. I'd last less than a day. ( )
  Turrean | Feb 15, 2014 |
Alison Maloney's Life Below Stairs has one goal: to capitalize on the popularity of "Downton Abbey." Not only does Highclere Castle grace the cover of the book, but she frequently cites the show as a source. For anyone who has neither seen the show nor read anything related to Victorian and Edwardian servitude, this book may hold some new insight. However, the book is neither "full" nor "complete" as the back cover suggests, and one would likely find greater research from a tertiary encyclopedia. Not recommended. ( )
2 vote Luxx | Jan 20, 2014 |
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In loving memory of my grandparents, Jean and Sandy Cook and Jim and Dorothy Tripp. With love and thanks to Sally and Gill.
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In the twenty-first century, domestic service is the domain of the few butlers, housekeepers and nannies who keep the richest homes in the country ticking over and usually command a high wage. - Introduction
During the class-ridden Victorian era, the social divide between rich and poor had become a chasm. - Chapter 1
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Television shows such as Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs have captivated millions with the inside story of aristocratic Edwardian households. But what was life really like for the people who kept such a household running? Maloney takes readers behind the scenes to describe servants' daily life in this now vanished world.… (more)

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