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.
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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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...
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.
Translation of "Koronatsiia".
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
If you enjoyed Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs, discover the reality of domestic service in the true story Below Stairs by Margaret Powell.
In 1929, Yorkshire lass Rosina Harrison became personal maid to Lady Astor: the first female Member of Parliament to take her seat and wife of one of England's wealthiest lords...
Denis Diderot; David Coward
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Written towards the end of his writing career, this pamphlet - paired here with Polite Conversation, another work often attributed to the Dean - shows Swift at his witty and...
A uniquely dark and elegant tale that illuminates the loneliness of childhood, the pain of loss and the power of imagination. It will charm and haunt its readers in equal...
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...