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The Duchess of Duke Street (The Duchess of Duke Street)

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In service since she was a girl, Louisa Leyton--despite her good looks--simply wants to be ""the best cook in England,"" and her determination is so striking that even one of her would-be gentleman-seducers murmurs, ""What a good idea."" On her way ...
Mais to culinary stardom, Louisa is deflowered by no less than Prince Edward himself, has a brief unconsummated marriage w
Hardcover, 303 pages
Published June 28th 1977 by Holt McDougal (first published 1977)
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This is one of the most delightful, entertaining novels I've read for quite some time. Spanning from the late Victorian to the end of the Edwardian Era in 1910, this novel is richly populated with a variety of people (mainly the working and monied/aristocratic classes) from whom Louisa Trotter (nee Leyton), proprietress and master chef of the Bentinck Hotel, stands out. By dint of hard work and a stroke of luck, Louisa, a spirited, feisty, and determined Cockney, becomes one of the top chefs in ...more
Paula Dembeck
Jun 09, 2014 Paula Dembeck rated it it was amazing
The story of Louise Trotter, a young Cockney woman from a working class background who rose from scullery maid to become the finest cock in London and Edwardian society’s premiere hostess at the Bentinck Hotel on Duke Street.
Louisa is feisty, independent and sharp tongued.
The story includes her ill-fated affair with The Prince of Wales, an unhappy marriage and struggles with bankruptcy and ill health.
There is a motley crew of characters at the hotel: the oldest servant, a butler named Merrima; t
Jul 26, 2013 Kara rated it liked it
A novel based on the TV series "The Duchess of Duke Street". The scriptwriters of the TV shows were: David Butler, John Hawkesworth, Jeremy Paul & Jack Rosenthal.

It takes place at the very end of the Victorian era, into the Edwardian and goes for a few years after into the reign of George V.

The main character is Louisa Trotter, nee Layton. Due to family financial misfortune she had been sent out as a domestic at the age of 12. The story involves her maturing into one of London's most celebra
Jun 10, 2016 Deb rated it really liked it
I don't usually read TV or movie novelizations. But I came upon this when browsing the shelves at my local library and thought - why not? It's been 40 years since I saw the program but I can still visualize parts of it clearly, such as old Merriman (who also played the Duke of Omnium in The Pallisers) Starr and Fred, and the hall porter's chair (wish I had one of those!) The TV series was created by John Hawkesworth, who also gave us Upstairs, Downstairs and DANGER: UXB. Those three series, in ...more
Mar 19, 2015 Catsalive rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Louisa a Trotter is a great character. I am going to have to watch the BBC series again some time.

Edwardian England..... An era of opulence and hypocrisy, where those with money and status enjoy and those without, serve... where pampered aristocrats freely indulge in the most scandalous of pleasures. This is Edward VII's world - frock coats and horse-drawn cabs, secret trysts and tête-à-têtes, luxuriant palms and heavy drapes, coal-fired kitchen ranges and hip baths. A world where one woman, wit
Jun 02, 2015 T.R. rated it it was amazing
As much fun as the television series, if not more so! A few typos and inconsistencies in the text (e.g.: in the show, the Louisa character has flaming red hair, whereas in the novel it is once described as dark brown), but I feel that that just gives the book character :) A must-read for fans of The Queen of Cooks!
Jun 18, 2011 Danny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Rather clearly a novelization of a TV series, with all the emphasis on plot that entails. It starts off reasonably well, but it rather quickly gives up on character development in favor of a series of episodic set pieces.
Catherine Yezak
Jun 11, 2009 Catherine Yezak rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I also enjoyed the tv show. It is nice to see a strong, independent woman be able to support herself in a man's world and know who she is!. She also is proud of who she is and what she became. A great rags to riches story.
Feb 06, 2011 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Bettie☯
The story of Louise Leyton who become famous as a celebrated chef of Edward II, Prince of Wales. Later on, she became the owner of a famous exclusive hotel in Duke Street.
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Mollie Greenhalgh Hardwick was an English author who was best known for writing books that accompanied the TV series Upstairs, Downstairs.

As well as writing many Upstairs, Downstairs, Thomas & Sarah and The Duchess of Duke Street novels, she was also the creator of the Doran Fairweather novels and wrote three Juliet Bravo books. Hardwick also wrote many books and plays based around the Sherloc
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