Patrice's Reviews > Below Stairs: The Classic Kitchen Maid's Memoir That Inspired "Upstairs, Downstairs" and "Downton Abbey"

Below Stairs by Margaret Powell
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Apr 06, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, memoir
Read in April, 2012

If you're looking for elegant writing, soulful self-refelction, or scandal, this memoir isn't for you. But it's an amazing, first-hand account of what life was like for 1920s British servants. Powell's use of specific, meaningful detail makes this book a valuable historical document as well as an interesting read.

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