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They Also Serve: The real life story of my time in service as a butler (Lives of Servants Book 3)
 
 

They Also Serve: The real life story of my time in service as a butler (Lives of Servants Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Bob Sharpe , Tom Quinn
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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

Book Description

A revealing memoir of life below stairs

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 316 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Coronet (30 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008MNQ4V6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #142,573 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.3 out of 5 stars
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Of course I am an absolute fan of Downton Abbey, but what was it really like to be "below stairs" at the turn of the twentieth century?
Bob Sharpe has given us an insight with his own experiences below stairs. He shares his life in a light-hearted manner but makes the reader aware that it was hard work for little money. As a staff member you were there to work, but you were a nobody to those upstairs. The staff even had their hierarchy. Yet Mr Sharpe was ambitious and aimed to climb the 'below stairs' ladder and change his place of employment in order to better himself. Some of the things he was required to do were decidedly odd or perhaps they just seem so from today's perspective.

Some how Bob managed to enjoy his few hours off and eventually fell in love at first sight with a young woman who was also in service. His devotion to the woman who was to become his wife is evident to the end.

I found the story flowed easily and with only hints of drama, leaving much to the readers imagination.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AS if really happened by a real Butler 12 Aug 2013
By Bazz
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I greatly enjoyed this book, it was as if the gentleman was talking to me by the fireside.
so easy to read and enjoy. He really described how Life was and the attitudes people had, the writer
has good descriptive powers.
If only there were more books like this one, we could understand the past better.
the most enjoyable chapter was about the less well off gentleman he served in South London
who still lived in the grand manner.
I was sorry when I came to the end.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic reads. 23 Nov 2013
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I read this book after enjoying Aprons & Silver Spoons,I'm afraid it doesn't come any where near being as good.The first book paints a broad picture of life in service in the early part of the last century,this book doesn't ,in fact it gives hardly any information about the main characters workmates or employers,in short the book is all bones but very little meat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Life. 9 Dec 2012
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Bob shows us life in a bygone age, and some of the characters who he shared that life with. A very interesting read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quick easy read 21 May 2014
By steve
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Being a former butler I read the book with interest.
A lovely book to read. And my oh my, how things have changed in the domestic service!!
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