Margaret Powell





Margaret Powell

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Margaret Powell (1907 – 1984) was an English writer. Her book about her experiences in domestic service, Below Stairs, became a best-seller and she went on to write other books and became a television personality. Below Stairs was an impetus for Upstairs, Downstairs and the basis of Beryl's Lot, and is one of the inspirations of Downton Abbey. wikipedia


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Below Stairs: The Classic K...
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Servants' Hall: A Real Life...
3.26 of 5 stars 3.26 avg rating — 338 ratings — published 1979 — 8 editions
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Climbing the Stairs
3.34 of 5 stars 3.34 avg rating — 62 ratings — published 1971 — 7 editions
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Margaret Powell's Cookery B...
3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 17 ratings — published 2012 — 4 editions
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The Treasure Upstairs
3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 12 ratings — published 1972 — 2 editions
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Maids And Mistresses
4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 1981
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Margaret Powell in America
3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 1973
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My Mother and I
3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 1972 — 2 editions
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Cookery Book
3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 1970 — 2 editions
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Tales from Below Stairs: Th...
3.25 of 5 stars 3.25 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 2013 — 2 editions
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“I used to wonder why... Mum kept having babies... that was the only pleasure poor people could afford . It cost nothing--at least at the time when you were actually making the children. The fact that it would cost you something later on, well, the working-class people never looked ahead in those days.”
Margaret Powell, Below Stairs: The Classic Kitchen Maid's Memoir That Inspired "Upstairs, Downstairs" and "Downton Abbey"

“They knew that you breathed and you slept and you worked, but they didn’t know that you read. Such a thing was beyond comprehension. They thought that in your spare time you sat and gazed into space, or looked at Peg’s Paper or the Crimson Circle. You could almost see them reporting you to their friends. ‘Margaret’s a good cook, but unfortunately she reads. Books, you know.”
Margaret Powell, Below Stairs: The Classic Kitchen Maid's Memoir That Inspired "Upstairs, Downstairs" and "Downton Abbey"

“Well, every art requires appreciation, doesn't it? I mean people who paint, sculpt, or write books want an audience. that's the reason they're doing it for, and it's the same when you're a cook. You need somebody who savours it, not one who just says, 'Oh it's not bad.”
Margaret Powell, Below Stairs: The Classic Kitchen Maid's Memoir That Inspired "Upstairs, Downstairs" and "Downton Abbey"

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