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The Cook's Tale: Life below stairs as it really was (Lives of Servants Book 1)

The Cook's Tale: Life below stairs as it really was (Lives of Servants Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Nancy Jackman , Tom Quinn
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Nancy Jackman was born in 1907 in a remote Norfolk village. Her father was a ploughman, her mother a former servant who struggled to make ends meet in a cottage so small that access to the single upstairs room was via a ladder. The pace of life in that long-vanished world was dictated by the slow, heavy tread of the farm horse and though Nancy's earliest memories were of a green, sunny countryside still unspoiled by the motorcar, she also knew at first hand the harshness of a world where the elderly were forced to break stones on the roads and where school children were regularly beaten. Nancy left school at the age of twelve to work for a local farmer who forced her to stand in the rain when she made a mistake, physically abused her and eventually tried to rape her. Nancy continued to work as a cook until the 1950s, sustained by her determination to escape and find a life of her own.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 319 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Coronet (12 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,425 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 21 Feb 2013
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Touching, funny, nostalgic. This book opens a door into a world long ago and is a gem packed with social history.

Nancy seems like a lovely person, she writes from the heart. Could read about her life for hours and could not put this story down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like being there 4 Mar 2014
By alice
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This book was so clear and down to earth I felt I was a spectator when reading the details of life below stairs, just an ordinary woman but such an interesting life even though most of it was spent in the kitchen but he author added humour as well and stories about how the upper classes behaved which was really interesting - coulndnt put it down ha
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smashing book 1 Feb 2014
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I am fascinated about life as it was in the early part of the last century so always like to read books written by the people who experienced life then. This is a thoroughly interesting book and would certainly have no qualms in recommending it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An easy but engaging read 6 Jan 2014
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A fascinating story of a life known to so many women of my mother's and my grandmother's generations. An engaging read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Could have been my mother's story. 6 Oct 2013
By Cindy
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Excellently written and coincided with some of the things my mother had already told me of her life. lovely read and makes us really appreciate how well we are treated these days.
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3.0 out of 5 stars the cooks tale 12 Sep 2013
By pam
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nice interesting story mostly . the ending is very poor a bit of an anticlimax but pleasant read.not my favourite
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