Servants' Hall

A Real Life Upstairs, Downstairs Romance

Below Stairs (Volume 2 of 3)

Margaret Powell

St. Martin's Press

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The sequel to New York Times bestseller Below Stairs, Servants' Hall tells a gripping real-life tale reminscent of Downton Abbey's Lady Sybil and Tom Branson.

Margaret Powell's Below Stairs became a sensation among readers reveling in the luxury and subtle class warfare of Masterpiece Theatre's hit television series Downton Abbey. Now in the sequel Servants' Hall, Powell tells the true story of Rose, the under-parlourmaid to the Wardham Family at Redlands, who took a shocking step: She eloped with the family's only son, Mr. Gerald.

Going from rags to riches, Rose finds herself caught up in a maelstrom of gossip, incredulity and envy among her fellow servants. The reaction from upstairs was no better: Mr. Wardham, the master of the house, disdained the match so completely that he refused ever to have contact with the young couple again. Gerald and Rose marry, leave Redlands and Powell looks on with envy, even as the marriage hits on bumpy times: "To us in the servants' hall, it was just like a fairy tale . . . How I wished I was in her shoes."

Once again bringing that lost world to life, Margaret Powell trains her pen and her gimlet eye on her "betters" in this next chapter from a life spent in service. Servants' Hall is Margaret Powell at her best—a  warm, funny and sometimes hilarious memoir of life at a time when wealthy families like ruled England.

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In 1922, when at the age of fifteen I entered domestic service – after two years as a ‘daily’ – servants were considered less than dusty by those who employed them; and ignorant, even positively ‘not all there’ by that section of the working class, male and female alike, who wouldn’t have been seen alive, or dead, as a servant ‘below stairs’.
Regardless of their poor wages and often poverty-stricken home lives, shop girls were the romantic dreamers. Didn’t they all day long handle delicate fabrics, perfumes and jewelry?

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Kirkus | SERVANTS' HALL by Margaret Powell
The no-nonsense follow-up to <em>Below Stairs: A Classic Kitchen Maid's Memoir that Inspired <em>Upstairs, Downstairs<em> and <em>Downton Abbey (2012).
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Margaret Powell

MARGARET POWELL was born in 1907 in Hove, and left school at the age of thirteen to start working. At fourteen, she got a job in a hotel laundry room, and a year later went into service as a kitchen maid, eventually progressing to the position of cook, before marrying a milkman called Albert. In 1968 the first volume of her memoirs, Below Stairs, was published to instant success and turned her into a celebrity. She died in 1984.

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Servants' Hall
A Real Life Upstairs, Downstairs Romance
Margaret Powell

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
January 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781250029294
ISBN10: 1250029295
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 192 pages
$22.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
January 2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250043450
ISBN10: 125004345X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 192 pages
$14.99

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January 2013
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ISBN: 9781250029287
ISBN10: 1250029287
192 pages
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