The Help … life below and above stairs
Rose Plummer "The Maid’s tale"
Born in 1910 Rose Plummer grew up in an East End slum. At the age of 15 she left the noise and squalor of Hoxton and started work as a live-in maid at a house in the West End. Despite the poverty of her childhood nothing could have prepared her for the long hours, the backbreaking work and the harshness of this new world.
Margaret Forster "Lady’s maid"
A fictionalised account of the love story of Robert and Elizabeth Browning as narrated by a shy young woman who arrived at Wimpole Street in 1844 to become their lady’s maid.
Margaret Powell "Climbing the stairs : from kitchen maid to cook"
Told with wit and warmth, 'Climbing the Stairs' is a sharp-eyed tale of a time when the idea of masters and servants began to lose its sway and of a remarkable woman, Margaret Powell, who grasped the opportunities of this brave new world with both hands
Kazuo Ishiguro "The remains of the day"
During the summer of 1956, Stevens, the aging butler of Darlington Hall, embarks on a leisurely motoring holiday that will take him deep into the heart of the English countryside and thence into his past.
Eric Horne "What the butler winked at"
Eric Horne served as a butler in some of the great English country manors from the 1860s until just after World War I, when many of the families whose heirs died in battle were forced to sell off their homes. This is his autobiography.
Jessica Fellowes "The world of Downton Abbey"
This guide profiles the main actors, gives behind-the-scenes insights and also showcases the costumes and props of 'Downton Abbey'. The book also looks at the social history of the time using fictional characters and plot to highlight life in the big house - both upstairs and down.
Christopher Bowden "The yellow room"
When Jessica Tate finds an old country house guide in a box after her grandmother's funeral she is drawn into a mystery that has remained unsolved for over half a century and is set to change her life forever.
Rosina Harrison "The lady’s maid; my life in service"
This title provides a fascinating look at the life of a lady's maid, and her spirited employer, Lady Astor, in the first half of the 20th century.
R T Raichev "The death of Corinne"
When death threats start arriving in the post, legendary French diva Corinne seeks refuge at her godmother's country estate. But there's little peace to be had with dominating theatrical agent Maître Maginot, private detective Jonson and budding amateur sleuths Antonia Darcy and Major Payne making up the house party.
Lady Fiona Carnarvon "Lady Almina and the story of the real Downton Abbey"
Lady Fiona Carnarvon, chatelaine of Highclere Castle, the setting for the hit TV show 'Downton Abbey', discovers a fascinating history of the place and the people who lived there.