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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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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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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 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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Up and Down Stairs: The History of ...
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Jeremy Musson
 
A history that brings to life the real country house servants
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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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Jacques the Fatalist
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Denis Diderot; David Coward
 
'Your Jacques is a tasteless mishmash of things that happen, some of them true, others made up, written without style and served up like a dog's breakfast.' Jacques ...
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The Servants
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M.M. Smith
 
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...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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