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|Read Book Æ Backstairs Life in a Country House Ø Eileen Balderson s mother died when she was just thirteen years of age, and she was urged into domestic service by her father so that she would always have a secure home Her book covers the years fromto the early post war period, when her time in service was spent in a succession of country houses, first as a between maid and then as a housemaid Her straight forward and detailed account of life backstairs shows the gentry were not the monsters or buffoons portrayed in certain books and television programs Despite its choppy and disjointed narrative, I just loved this book.It provided a fascinating and very detailed look at the life as a servant to the British upper class between the wars The book can be listy and disjointed, but it is still a worthy read.I was fascinated by the idea of living in a house with 32 bedrooms.The routine and luxury is all so captivating I was also pleased with the cheerful and nostalgic tone of the book According to the author,good employees were always in high dema Despite its choppy and disjointed narrative, I just loved this book.It provided a fascinating and very detailed look at the life as a servant to the British upper class between the wars The book can be listy and disjointed, but it is still a worthy read.I was fascinated by the idea of living in a house with 32 bedrooms.The routine and luxury is all so captivating I was also pleased with the cheerful and nostalgic tone of the book According to the author,good employees were always in high demand so, as a maid, you never had to stay some place you did not like If you loved Gosford Park, Upstairs Downstairs, and Remains of the Day this book is for you This little memoir of being a housemaid in the 1930s is a little repetitive, but provides an interesting overview of life in domestic service It certainly drives home the unending cleaning associated with country houses Thank goodness for modern amenities she said, looking at her vacuum cleaner with renewed favor The last few chapters include a selection of recipes from the period. I learned that servants had a great deal of mobility during the wars I learned what a Nippie was.