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Mrs. Woolf and the Servants by Alison Light
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Brilliant & quiet book about Virginia Woolf's relationship with several of her maids. She had a love/hate thing going on with the "help". She hated needing them, but due to ill health and mental vulnerability she did need them. Of course everyone who was anyone in those days had live-in help, but that was all about to change . . .with the coming of flush toilets, gas stoves and central heating. Insightful, compassionate investigation into the British class system at the turn of the (20th) century.
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