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5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing & fascinating, 3 Jun 2014
I've just finished The Housekeepers' Tale and loved every word of it. It was refreshing, fascinating; beautifully written. Personalities came off the page. And how far we've come, as Boase's portrayal of Nicky & Lady Coke's relationship demonstrated. It must have been such an interesting book to write.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My kind of book, 30 Jun 2014
The Housekeeper’s Tale is my kind of book – true stories about real people, beautifully written and meticulously researched. The book is a vivid and fascinating account of the lives of five women housekeepers who worked for the rich and famous between the 1830s and the 1980s, for scant reward. It brings to life the social history of those years, from the aristocracy to the poor. While it tells of much in the way of injustice and sadness, the book is written with wry humour and a light touch which make it an easy read. Having witnessed the popularity of TV series such as Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs, I am confident that The Housekeeper’s Tale will join them in coming to the small screen before long. It really is an excellent book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unsung Heroines, 18 Jun 2014
This review is from: The Housekeeper's Tale: The Women Who Really Ran the English Country House (Kindle Edition)
A wonderful read. I admired Tessa Boase's fluent style (which disguised the hard work of her meticulous research) and understated humour. Her indignation at social injustice - poor Dorothy Doar- runs through the book, all the more powerful for being understated. It is so much more than just a history of 'the big house', but also a social history of England these past 200 years, and she blends in this wider picture so well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 17 July 2014
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Beautifully written and well researched book. Had the pleasure of meeting the authouress after the book had been launched.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting anf thought-provoking, 3 Aug 2014
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Very interesting - much of the content is supposition but the investigation and assumptions are very interesting and it gives a thought-provoking glimpse of a little known world. The writing style is light which is in keeping with the overal mood of the book. Well-worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 28 July 2014
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An excellent book - loved every page of it. Brilliantly researched - entertaining throughout - highly recommended.
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