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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.
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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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
A first person account of a world seldom chronicled.