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Cocoa at Midnight [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Kathleen Clifford , Tom Quinn
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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7 Oct 2013
Kathleen Clifford was born in 1909. Her family lived in a tiny flat near Paddington Station and her earliest memories were of the smell of horses and the shrill whistle of steam trains. For a girl from the slums there was really only one option once school was over - a life in service. She started work in 1925 as a lowly kitchen maid in the London home of Lady Diana Spencer's family. Here she heard tales of the Earl's propensity for setting fire to himself, as well as enjoying the servants' gossip about who was sleeping with whom. The Spencers were just the first in a line of eccentric families for whom she worked during a career that lasted more than thirty years and took her from a London palace to remote medieval estates. But despite long hours, amorous butlers and mad employers, Kathleen always kept her sense of humour and knew how to have fun. On one occasion she was almost caught in bed with her boyfriend who had to jump out of the window and run down the drive in his underwear to escape the local bobby.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Windsor; Large type edition edition (7 Oct 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 147135900X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471359002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Praise for the Lives of Servants (Various)

Reading this fascinating book is likely to unleash anyone's inner Bolshevik...! (Daily Mail)

...a fascinating portrait of the drudgery and servility of a domestic's life. (The Age)

...captures the subtelties of the English class system to an extraordinary degree. (Midstate Observer)

If the Brothers Grimm had ended Cinderella where she was being forced to clean the house by her stepsisters, they might have accidentally been writing Rose Plummer's biography. The maid's story makes for harsh, heartbreaking, fascinating reading. ( The Daily Telegraph, NZ) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Insightful and endearing memoir of a life lived in service as a housekeeper at a stately home. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Cocoa at Midnight 10 Feb 2014
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Very well written book, fascinating insight into the lives of servants and the 'upper classes'. Recommend to anyone interested in the past.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a very enjoyable read 29 Sep 2013
By S. Hart
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I have been reading a few of Tom Quinns books and I can recommend this one. i have enjoyed all of the books and found them to be rally interesting and also easy reading. I have been doing my family tree and it is wonderful to read other peoples stories of the employment that my family had.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating snapshot of the past 20 Nov 2013
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Wonderful - captures the atmosphere of life in a big house perfectly. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this - especially good at conveying how naive girls used to be regarding the facts of life.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An easy to read book that takes us thru the life ... 15 July 2014
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An easy to read book that takes us thru the life of a housekeeper. I did enjoy the book but found it to be a bit boring. Also, when was she really born? In 1909 as stated on the back cover or in 1911 as stated in the book? Not a book I would highly recommend to my friends.

FTC disclosure: I received this book free from Goodreads hoping I would review it.
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