Tracy'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 19, 2012

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

I read this because I have enjoyed watching Downton Abbey. This memoir of a kitchen maid in 1920s England gives a fascinating insight into a world of not-that-long-ago that no longer exists. So much changed during Margaret's lifetime. Privileges taken for granted by the upper classes slowly eroded, and the working class found a stronger voice.

Julian Fellowes, the writer of Downton Abbey, says this book inspired his idea to write the TV series, and I could certainly see its influence in some overarching themes presented in the show.

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