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Upstairs, Downstairs

We have always been fascinated by the dichotomy of the parallel lives of the aristocracy and their servants. Explore how the other half lives with novels such as Denis Diderot's Jacques the Fatalist and Julian Fellowes' Past Imperfect, and non-fiction such as Margaret Powell's maid's memoir, Below Stairs, and Pamela Sambrook's history of domestic service, Keeping Their Place.

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Parrot and Olivier in America
Peter Carey
 
Olivier is a French aristocrat, the traumatized child of survivors of the Revolution. Parrot the son of an itinerant printer who always wanted to be an artist but has ended...
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The Help
The Help (Paperback)
Kathryn Stockett
Enter a vanished and unjust world: Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Where black maids raise white children, but aren't trusted not to steal the silver... There's Aibileen, raising her seventeenth white child...
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Gaudy Night
Gaudy Night (Paperback)
Dorothy L. Sayers
The best of the golden age crime writers, praised by all the top modern writers in the field including P. D. James and Ruth Rendell, Dorothy L. Sayers created the...
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The Remains of the Day
Kazuo Ishiguro
 
In the summer of 1956, Stevens, the ageing butler of Darlington Hall, embarks on a leisurely holiday that will take him deep into the countryside and into his past.
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The coronation
The coronation (Paperback)
Akunin, Boris
 
Translation of "Koronatsiia".
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Past Imperfect
Past Imperfect (Paperback)
Julian Fellowes
 
SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of SNOBS and Oscar winning writer of the screenplay for GOSFORD PARK returns with a thrilling new novel
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Keeping Their Place: Domestic Service...
Pamela Sambrook
 
In 1851 there were over a million servants in Britain. This book reveals tales of servants, who often had to rise hours before dawn to lay fires, heat water and...
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Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre (Paperback)
Charlotte Bronte; Stevie Davies
Tells the story of orphaned Jane Eyre, who grows up in the home of her heartless aunt, enduring loneliness and cruelty. This troubled childhood strengthens Jane's natural independence and spirit...
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Lady Chatterley's Lover
D. H. Lawrence
 
Clifford Chatterley returns from the First World War as an invalid. Constance nurses him and tries to be the dutiful wife. However, childless and listless she feels oppressed by their...
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The Go-between
The Go-between (Paperback)
L. P. Hartley; Douglas Brooks-Davies
 
When one long, hot summer, young Leo is staying with a school-friend at Brandham Hall, he begins to act as a messenger between Ted, the farmer, and Marian, the beautiful...
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The House at Riverton
Kate Morton
 
Within its four walls lay a secret that would last a lifetime
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Caleb Williams: or, Things as They are
William Godwin; Maurice Hindle
 
When honest young Caleb Williams comes to work as a secretary for Squire Falkland, he soon begins to suspect that his new master is hiding a terrible secret.
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Joseph Andrews and Shamela
Henry Fielding; Thomas Keymer
 
'I beg as soon as you get Fielding's Joseph Andrews, I fear in Ridicule of your Pamela and of Virtue in the Notion of Don Quixote's Manner, you would...
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Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit: (Jeeves...
P. G. Wodehouse
 
The beefy 'Stilton' Cheesewright has drawn Bertie Wooster as red-hot favourite in the Drones club annual darts tournament - which is lucky for Bertie because otherwise Stilton would have beaten...
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Below Stairs: The Bestselling Memoirs...
Margaret Powell
 
If you enjoyed Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs, discover the reality of domestic service in the true story Below Stairs by Margaret Powell.
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Reef
Reef (Paperback)
Romesh Gunesekera
 
Stunning new edition, redesigned as part of Granta's publication of Romesh Gunesekera's backlist.
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