Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor

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In 1928, Rosina Harrison arrived at the illustrious household of the
Astor family to take up her new position as personal maid to the infamously temperamental Lady Nancy Astor, who sat in Parliament,
entertained royalty, and traveled the world. "She's not a lady as you would understand a lady" was the butler's ominous warning. But what no one expected was that the iron-willed Lady Astor was about to meet her...
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Overview

In 1928, Rosina Harrison arrived at the illustrious household of the
Astor family to take up her new position as personal maid to the infamously temperamental Lady Nancy Astor, who sat in Parliament,
entertained royalty, and traveled the world. "She's not a lady as you would understand a lady" was the butler's ominous warning. But what no one expected was that the iron-willed Lady Astor was about to meet her match in the no-nonsense, whip-smart girl from the country.

For thirty-five years, from the parties thrown for royalty and trips across the globe, to the air raids during World War II, Rose was by Lady Astor's side and behind the scenes, keeping everything running smoothly. In charge of everything from the clothes and furs to the baggage to the priceless diamond "sparklers," Rose was closer to Lady Astor than anyone else. In her decades of service she received one 5-pound raise, but she traveled the world in style and retired with a lifetime's worth of stories. Like
Gosford Park and Downton Abbey, Rose is not only a captivating insight into the great wealth 'upstairs' and the endless work 'downstairs'; it is also the story of an unlikely decades-long friendship that grew between
Her Ladyship and her spirited Yorkshire maid.

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Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times
 "An extraordinary document, realistic, candid, and a rare look from the vantage point below stairs at a nostalgically romanticized world."
Newsweek
 “A delectable assortment of tales and details about the habits of overprivileged Britishers and the people who served them…. Rosina is a feisty, keen-eyed, no-nonsense observer of caste, class, and character.  And when she matches wills and wits with Lady Astor—a Virginia Belle by birth, a Member of Parliament, and mistress of a dazzling fortune, and of Cliveden, one of England’s most stately homes—the result is not only a crackling comedy of manners, but a sense of the way it was, firsthand.”
The New York Times Book Review
"Lady Astor's personal maid reveals her 'upstairs, downstairs' relationships with England's grandest family...Fascinating and deliciously readable!" 
From the Publisher
"Lady Astor's personal maid reveals her 'upstairs, downstairs' relationships with England's grandest family. . . . Fascinating and deliciously readable!" —-The New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143120865
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/27/2011
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 164,157
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Rosina Harrison (1899-1989) served as Lady Nancy Astor's personal maid for over thirty-five years and was the author of two books.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Very well written. Gives great insight into Lasy Astor's private life as well the life of a lady's maid during this era. Rose is very likeable and the book leaves you both satisfied and wishing you knew more about the author's life after she left service.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2012

    For history buffs!

    If you love history this is a book for you. Rose is not a gossip, but gets the story told.
    This tells how the British help was treated and about the family unit.
    Loved it

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    A view of a different life and time than ours .

    This book was a real picture of what went on behind the scenes in the wealthy homes during the tumultous first half of the last century. I learned a great deal about what was expected of people in service. A sense of pride in a job well done and an enjoyable life for Rose. Very interesting

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    Surprisingly Good

    I wasn't expecting much from this book as the first two chapters were slow, but I was pleasantly surprised. The more I read about Rose's life, the more interesting her stories became. I laughed out loud at some of the humorous stories she tells about her bickering with Lady Astor, and I even shed a few tears at the end. It was refreshing to read about this bygone era from a working class perspective. Although somewhat sugar-coated, I could still feel the respect that Rose has for the family and I am actually glad this wasn't one of those "tell-all" books. That would have diminished this read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Interesting read

    I liked this book it had some facts that history buffs will and i havent read in other books about the roosevelts

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    Really good read. Very insightful as to what a lady's maid does

    Really good read. Very insightful as to what a lady's maid does, the travels that Rose had with Lady Astor, people she met and things she saw. Not a gossip book nor a slap against Lady Astor - just a great read about life previously.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2012

    not recommended

    I could not finish reading it. Not a good read

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    One Great Book!

    I read over 3+ books a month. This is one of my favorite books Ive read. I got sad when finishing as I wanted the story to never end.

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  • Posted December 10, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    I agree with 2LALA: For history buffs. It was a great comprehens

    I agree with 2LALA: For history buffs. It was a great comprehensive look at the life of British high-society, as well as the servant class. Rose is well-told and easily read.  

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