Life Below Stairs: True Lives of Edwardian Servants

Life Below Stairs: True Lives of Edwardian Servants

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by Alison Maloney
     
 

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A fascinating and detailed guidebook to what work was really like "downstairs" during the period of Downton Abbey (hint: it was hard)

 

In 2011, television audiences were captivated by the the surprise hit show Downton Abbey—which went on to win six primetime Emmy Awards and catapult its way into the

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A fascinating and detailed guidebook to what work was really like "downstairs" during the period of Downton Abbey (hint: it was hard)

 

In 2011, television audiences were captivated by the the surprise hit show Downton Abbey—which went on to win six primetime Emmy Awards and catapult its way into the Guinness Book of World Records for "most critically acclaimed show of the year."

Entranced by the family secrets, the society scandal, and the master-servant divide of an aristocratic Edwardian household, Downton fans eagerly await the show's opening violins to immerse themselves in this rarefied and now-vanished world. In Life Below Stairs, international bestselling author Alison Maloney takes readers behind the scenes to reveal a detailed picture of what went on "downstairs," describing what daily life was really like during this now thoroughly romanticized era. Thoroughly researched and reliably informed, this charmingly illustrated volume also contains first-hand stories from the staff of the time, making it a must-read for anyone interested in the lifestyle and conduct of a bygone era.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Fascinating.” —Daily Mail (UK)

“A fascinating slice of British History.” —Readers Digest

“A fascinating new book.” —Daily Express (UK)

“A captivating snapshot of a different world and time.” —Sainsburys Magazine (UK)

“All you need to know about life below stairs.” —The Countryman (UK)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250017659
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
12/24/2012
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
327,333
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

ALISON MALONEY is a journalist and author, whose books include the international bestseller The Mum's Book. As well as a long stint on The Sunday Post newspaper, she worked as a children's book editor for two years. Alison lives in Kent, UK, with her husband and two children.

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Life Below Stairs: True Lives of Edwardian Servants 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
AnastaciaKnits More than 1 year ago
For fans of Upstairs, Downstairs & Downtown Abbey (ME!), comes Life Below Stairs. It's a fabulous, fascinating look at the true lives of servants who served the rich and fabulously wealthy. It's definitely written towards fans of the two mentioned series - it's a rather light look, doesn't get into a lot of details, and doesn't hit upon any of the negative aspects of being a servant - like 80 hour work weeks for no pay or sleep or freedom. Anyone who really knows the time period well, or the history of servants, will find this book too light to really enjoy, but for someone like me who was introduced to the time period through Downtown Abbey, it was a great read, though I really do wish there was MORE as the volume is pretty small. The photographs and letters were a nice touch.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a true follower of Downton Abbey, I found this book to explain why things were being done as they were. I am grateful to all the women and the advances that were made. Reading comments of ladies who lived in Edwardian times was really interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting accounting of what life was llke for the rich and those who took care of them. It was a hard life but it was also the way many generations passesd this life down to their children. I would reccomend this book to my friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining read between Downton Abbey seasons!
Ilovemister More than 1 year ago
Good Book. It was a crime how the servants were treated. They weren't even looked at by the higher ups. Some bosses were good to the long timers in retirement. Described all the different positions. The servants had no life except service. Thank God this era was over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful look into a time gone be
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Nice fact based book. A quick read. A+.
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