What the Butler Winked At: Being the Life and Adventures of Eric Horne, Butler

What the Butler Winked At: Being the Life and Adventures of Eric Horne, Butler

by Eric Horne
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What the Butler Winked At: Being the Life and Adventures of Eric Horne, Butler by Eric Horne

Eric Horne served as a butler in some of the great English country manors from the 1860s until after the First World War. Born in Southampton, Horne came from a humble family who valued education. Horne excelled in school and wished to go to sea, but ended up as a footboy for a local household. Over the years, Horne moved up in the service of the aristocracy: his goal was to become butler to the king of England, a position he very nearly secured. He did end up in the service of several distinguished households, and upon his retirement in 1922, he wrote his memoir. Horne is a unique voice. Not only did he have intimate contact with his employers and the household staff, he also possessed literary talent, so that his account provides authentic detail as well as shrewd-and often witty-views of the aristocracy, the servants, and their activities. He also reveals the plight of the servant class, where once a butler lost his employment he was likely to end up in a poorhouse. What the Butler Winked At is a fascinating and essential account of life in a country house during the height of the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594161377
Publisher: Westholme Publishing
Publication date: 05/20/2011
Edition description: 2
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 858,714
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Eric Horne served various members of the nobility and gentry for fifty-seven years before retiring after World War I with a small pension from a former employer.

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What the Butler Winked at 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A complete waste of time and money. Poorly written and quite boring. I would have given it no stars if that had been an option.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the subject matter of the book as I am interested in the time period. It is a bit jumpy...similair to a diary. So don't read this looking for a proper story. Over all it was not bad. I enjoyed the first person point of view.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A first person account of a world seldom chronicled.