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Diamonds at Dinner,
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This review is from: Diamonds at Dinner - My Life as a Lady's Maid in a 1930s Stately Home (Kindle Edition)
There have been many wonderful accounts of life in domestic service but this is not one of them.
I bought this on my Kindle and was disappointed that the first 30% was padded out with a self serving biography of the author.The endless comparisons between life in pre war Britain and life in the present times were tedious and quite honestly needless as we could safely assume that the readers were quite aware that there were no internet,fridges,mobiles etc in the 1930s these references are both repetetive and needless.
The authors constant need to inform the reader of the halycon days of her childhood were just page fillers
At most there were no more than 2 chapters documenting her life as a ladies maid,which actually gave very little insight into her duties all I learned from her descriptions of her duties is that she laid out her employers clothes every day,and brushed her hair every morning.
A complete and utter waste of time, dont bother with this book, there are much more superior accounts on the market.
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Initial post: 9 Dec 2013 10:45:07 GMT
Books & Crafts says:
Are there any titles you would recommend instead? I saw this book whilst browsing Kindle books and was tempted to download it until I read your review! I'll steer clear now thanks, the reviews on Amazon are always invaluable to me when choosing what to buy.
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Dec 2013 17:37:50 GMT
T. Newman says:
Please don't make your assumptions by one persons review. This is a great book. I think the reviewer sounds a bit uppity in my opinion. Buy the book, it's a good read.
Posted on 27 Jan 2014 20:24:38 GMT
Couldn't agree more with review. Wish I had been as articulate with mine
Posted on 20 Mar 2014 16:47:19 GMT
S. Hart says:
wish I had read your review before I bought the book, it is a good book but no where near as interesting as Molly Weir or Tom Quin, I have been fast reading Diamonds at Dinner as it just does not work so well for me
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