Servants' Hall: A Real Life Upstairs, Downstairs Romance

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Macmillan, Jan 15, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 184 pages
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The sequel to New York Times bestseller Below Stairs, Servants' Hall tells a gripping real-life tale reminscent of Downton Abbey's Lady Sybil and Tom Branson.

Margaret Powell's Below Stairs became a sensation among readers reveling in the luxury and subtle class warfare of Masterpiece Theatre's hit television series Downton Abbey. Now in the sequel Servants' Hall, Powell tells the true story of Rose, the under-parlourmaid to the Wardham Family at Redlands, who took a shocking step: She eloped with the family's only son, Mr. Gerald.

Going from rags to riches, Rose finds herself caught up in a maelstrom of gossip, incredulity and envy among her fellow servants. The reaction from upstairs was no better: Mr. Wardham, the master of the house, disdained the match so completely that he refused ever to have contact with the young couple again. Gerald and Rose marry, leave Redlands and Powell looks on with envy, even as the marriage hits on bumpy times: "To us in the servants' hall, it was just like a fairy tale . . . How I wished I was in her shoes."

Once again bringing that lost world to life, Margaret Powell trains her pen and her gimlet eye on her "betters" in this next chapter from a life spent in service. Servants' Hall is Margaret Powell at her best—a  warm, funny and sometimes hilarious memoir of life at a time when wealthy families like ruled England.

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An interesting view into the world of "domestics" circa early 1900s. Loved Margaret, the narrator, and her snarky replies, intelligence, and humorous sexual innuendo, but couldn't help thinking that some of these people needed some serious marriage counseling!!!! Read full review

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I'm so glad Margaret wrote this book, what a way to live, below stairs, with each having there place, and all knowing their order, and all have their stories, in an interesting time, I so enjoyed the people and the stories. Read full review

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MARGARET POWELL was born in 1907 in Hove, and left school at the age of thirteen to start working. At fourteen, she got a job in a hotel laundry room, and a year later went into service as a kitchen maid, eventually progressing to the position of cook, before marrying a milkman called Albert. In 1968 the first volume of her memoirs, Below Stairs, was published to instant success and turned her into a celebrity. She died in 1984.

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