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Must now be reckoned the standard-setter,
This review is from: Servants: A Downstairs View of Twentieth-century Britain (Hardcover)
The sign of a great non-fiction work is the sense of astonishment that it could be written to any deadline at all; and Lethbridge's work creates just that sense of wonder. The research is so comprehensive and the resources so well arranged that this, surely, must be reckoned as the leading work on the subject. As others have testified; it is the details which are so revealing. Who knew that an Edwardian lady, on her afternoon visits, would leave three engraved cards (one for her and two for her husband) or that a single visitor to the Duke of Bedford, even post war, would require four chauffeurs, four valets and four cars - with the luggage travelling separately? Anyone writing a book with a domestic setting in the 20th Century will have to read this book first to have any hope of getting the details right and, in this, Lethbridge has done writers and readers a great service. Authors asserting authenticity in depiction of 20th Century domestic service prior to the publication of this book are probably now very nervous.
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Middleman Standing says:
Super review covering content and style, thanks.
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