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...
If you enjoyed Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs, discover the reality of domestic service in the true story Below Stairs by Margaret Powell.
Translation of "Koronatsiia".
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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.
P. G. Wodehouse
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Isabel Colegate; Julian Fellowes
It is 1913 - just prior to England's entry into World War I - and Edwardian England is about to vanish into history. A group of men and women gather...
A history that brings to life the real country house servants
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It is a complete mystery why anyone would choose to murder the trusted old butler of Norton Manor. Barrister turned amateur detective, Frank Amberley, has reason to suspect that the...
Denis Diderot; David Coward
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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...
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.
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...