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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Main Market Ed. edition (1 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447201965
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447201960
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
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`The book is written in such an honest and open-hearted way that I got the distinct impression Margaret was talking directly to me. It proved a delightful trip down memory lane.' --Hull Daily Mail John Weller

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Working below stairs in 1920s London, sixteen-year-old Margaret’s mind turns to finding a man. But it’s hard to look beguiling when you’re elbow deep in dishwater. . .

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Very forthright and unsentimental view of , this very funny and intelligent woman ,a wonderful insight into the a world of what could be, hard and demanding,but a completely honest view of humanity,I remember her from years ago, and it was with great pleasure to read her book, so it's with affection that I remember her
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i loved the first book in this series and was expecting more of the same in this book - i was really disapointed - havng left us as she got married having given up service this book has her backtracking her life back to service - it felt like she was trying to find something to say out of her life..and it didnt hang together at all..some of the stories were part told in her first book...and ow dear there is plently of margarets opinions..i think that was the biggest put of as she ranted on and on...
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I love Upstairs Downstairs and Downton Abbey so I was sold on the idea of finding out about life in service from someone who's been there. I read the first instalment and quite enjoyed it so thought I'd enjoy this one.

While it does contain some interesting sociological insights, it wasn't the book I was hoping for. In among the stories of the author's life there is just a bit too much of her giving her views on everything under the sun, from marriage to O levels. I was quite glad when I reached the end.
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I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK.MARGARET POWELL IS QUITE A DAME.
HER STORY OF RISING FROM BEING A SCULLERY MAID TO THE COOK IS FASCINATING.
HER DESCRIPTIONS ARE SO VIVID YOU CAN PICTURE HER STORY SCENE BY SCENE.
ALSO A FAB INSIGHT TO HOW THE OTHER HALF LIVED IN 20-30S.DON'T WANT TO SAY TOO MUCH
AND RUIN THE BOOK FOR YOU.
IF YOU HAVE A LOVE OF THE 20S UP THEN THIS IS FOR YOU.
BEWARE ADDICTIVE -YOU'LL NEVER HAVE THE TEA ON THE TABLE ON TIME.
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I enjoyed this as Margaret's personality shines through. I was surprised another reviewer saw it as moaning, I wouldn't agree really. It mainly covers her family life and later life. It contains her views on marriage, studying and other things. Although I would have liked to know more about her children! She is a vibrant woman who had an interesting life and though the first book was more interesting from a historical perspective, her books are both worth a read.
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not well written not flowing read and seemed to be very self centered I know its biographical but it just did not do it for me
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I PURCHASED THE BOOKS FOR A FRIEND WHO WAS IN SERVICE IN DAYS GONE BY, AND SHE SAID IT WAS NOT VERY GOOD.
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I was disappointed with this book. it is true to say that it is written as though the author is directly talking to you but the content is not quite what I expected. It was not so much a tale of life below stairs or social commentary but of her own life. This is at times interesting, but at others not exactly what I was interested in. Just be aware of what it is actually about before you buy it. I'm sure some would enjoy it and it is easy to read.
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