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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
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Peter Carey
 
Olivier is an aristocrat, the traumatized child of survivors of the French Revolution. Parrot the son of an itinerant printer who always wanted to be an artist but has ended...
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Jane Eyre
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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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The Help
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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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The Remains of the Day
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Kazuo Ishiguro
 
'After all what can we ever gain in forever looking back and blaming ourselves if our lives have not turned out quite as we might have wished?' In the summer...
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Below Stairs: The Bestselling Memoirs...
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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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The Lady's Maid: My Life in Service
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Rosina Harrison
 
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...
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Joseph Andrews and Shamela
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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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The Coronation
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Boris Akunin; Andrew Bromfield
 
Fandorin returns in a swashbuckling tale of abduction and intrigue, set during the build-up to the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II.
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Caleb Williams: or, Things as They are
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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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Keeping Their Place: Domestic Service...
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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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Gaudy Night
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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...
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Lady Chatterley's Lover
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D. H. Lawrence
 
Clifford Chatterley returns from the First World War as an invalid. Constance nurses him and tries to be the dutiful wife. Partly encouraged by Clifford to seek a lover, she...
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The Go-between
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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 Novel in the Viola
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Natasha Solomons
 
A sweeping story of upstairs, downstairs, love and loss by the author of Mr Rosenblum's List.
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Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit: (Jeeves...
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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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The House at Riverton
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Kate Morton
 
Within its four walls lay a secret that would last a lifetime
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