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Servants' Hall: A Real Life Upstairs, Downstairs Romance [Hardcover]

Margaret Powell
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Servants' Hall: A Real Life Upstairs, Downstairs Romance + Climbing the Stairs: From kitchen maid to cook; the heartwarming memoir of a life in service + Below Stairs: The Bestselling Memoirs of a 1920s Kitchen Maid
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  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reprint edition (15 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250029295
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250029294
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 816,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Servants' Hall Powell's "Below Stairs" became a sensation among readers revelling in the subtle class warfare of the hit series "Downton Abbey." Now, Powell tells the true story of Rose, the under-parlourmaid to the Wardham Family at Redlands, who eloped with the family's only son. Full description


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5.0 out of 5 stars Tells life as it really was. 27 Aug 2013
By Bazz
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As a fan of Downton Abbey , I had to know more about servants.
It is amazing how not so long ago this was the way of life for many.
People really did believe that this was their :"Station in LIfe" and to try to rise about it
was wrong.
hard work but happy days for some. Butlers could be the most dreadful snobs even
about their previous employers and this part of social history is fascinating.
could not put it down, she writes so well and from experience with humor too.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Service 18 Sep 2011
By B
Format:Hardcover
This has been on my mums to read list for ages so was well happy it arrived in good condition and in a speedy time,she was well pleased with it and I must say from the synopsis of it I may give it a whirl and read it when she has finished with it.
A Fascinating glimpse into the olde world of service that still exists today with hoi poloi of society..
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT! 27 Feb 2013
By Actingtheatrecat - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Margaret Powell has such a witty way with words that each of her books are a joy to read. She gives a lot of detail in her accounts of the other servants and her employers and really does give you good insight into what a working day (and working world) was like in the "good old days." I took the suggestion from another reader and purchased her third book The Treasure Upstairs through Amazon in the UK so I could find out more about her life after she left service. She is a candid and funny writer and addresses every day issues; pre-marital sex and having babies with a candor that is amazing in someone you would think of as from the Victorian era. I highly recommend all three of her books and you will find that they read very quickly and you're done way too soon! If you are a fan of Upstairs, Downstairs or, in my case, Downton Abbey, you can definitely see the influence she had on these series. Read them, you definitely will NOT regret it!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a fun look at life below stairs 3 Feb 2013
By Amber - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Let me start out by saying this book is not what it says it is. The story of Rose, the family maid who marries the rich son, plays only a bit part. We see glimpses of her misfortunate life but the true story lies with the author, Margaret, as she journeys from one employment to the next, introducing us to many rich and humorous characters. I loved every butler protrayed, the way they spoke longingly of the old days, when formality resticted all conversation between upstairs and downstairs, and the butler was the essential ingredient to the house. I found myself chuckling quite often and got caught up in the life of below stairs and the endless search for a husband to rescue Margaret and her friend from employment.

My only problem with this book was the sudden and lackluster ending, but aside from that, the perfect read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good 23 Jan 2013
By lit buff - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a pretty good book, but not a great book like Powell's earlier "Below Stairs." I enjoyed reading it, but it seemed to repeat many things already covered in "Below Stairs." If people are only going to read one of her books, I'd suggest "Below Stairs."
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely interesting and informative 24 Jan 2013
By Connie K. Fischer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As with Margaret Powell's first novel, "Below Stairs," I enjoyed the conversational tone with which "Servants' Hall" was written. Chock full of details of day to day life of servants during the early 1900's, the reader learns so much about the running of the great house of England. This novel includes the story of the lovely maid, Rose, who married Gerald, the son of the house. We learn how the families of both Rose and Gerald are against the marriage and why. We also see the deterioration of the marriage due to their different backgrounds. I found this to be a very informative book which gives the reader a greater understanding of those Upstairs and those Downstairs.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A glimpse into the past 14 Mar 2013
By irish_iiis - Published on Amazon.com
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My Grandmother and many great aunts worked as servants in the US after coming from Ireland. As a child, I can remember staying at the summer home in Keene NH where the head maid and chauffer were a great aunt and uncle and had their own cottage. This brought me back to seeing all the maids shining silver and gossiping. Now I get a glimpse of their as an adult.
This also reminds me of Downton Abbey, which I enjoy.
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