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Below Stairs

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Arriving at the great houses of 1920s London, fifteen-year-old Margaret's life in service was about to begin...

As a kitchen maid – the lowest of the low – she entered an entirely new world; one of stoves to be blacked, vegetables to be scrubbed, mistresses to be appeased, and even bootlaces to be ironed. Work started at 5.30am and went on until after dark. It was a far cry from her childhood on the beaches of Hove, where money and food were scarce, but warmth and laughter never were.

Yet from the gentleman with a penchant for stroking the housemaids curlers, to raucous tea-dances with errand boys, to the heartbreaking story of Agnes the pregnant under-parlourmaid, fired for being seduced by her mistress nephew, Margaret's tales of her time in service are told with wit, warmth, and a sharp eye for the prejudices of her situation. Brilliantly evoking the long-vanished world of masters and servants, Below Stairs is the remarkable true story of an indomitable woman, who, though her position was lowly, never stopped aiming high.

About the Author

Margaret Powell was born in 1907 in Hove. Aged fifteen, she went into service as a kitchen maid, eventually progressing to the position of cook. In 1968 the first volume of her memoirs, Below Stairs , was published to instant success. She died in 1984.


Down The Stairs

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A Midtown Murder Mystery. Kansas City police detective and psychic profiler, Clara Carson, and the unlikely detective, Jack Jackson, join forces again in solving their second cold case murder mystery. In September, 1936, in spite of the stock market crash of 1929 and the Great Depression, twenty-four-year-old heiress Pony Boyd remains one of the richest and most powerful in town, and won't let anyone forget it. Pony and her estranged husband, the handsome Dr. Ed Evans, have just returned from their summer in Europe when she dies a violent death during a welcome-home party being given in her honor. She dies wearing an extravagant necklace of jewels that once belonged to Russian royalty. Despite multiple suspects, including her husband, his nurse, and most of the people closest to her, the coroner rules Pony's bizarre death was accidental. Now, more than fifty years later, Pony's grand house lies derelict, abandoned, and untouched. Her bedroom is just as she left it, even her personal automobile is still in the garage, but everything must be cleared out and sold. The task falls to the only remaining heir, the nephew of Ed's second wife. He contacts Jack and Clara for help when he finds hidden treasure in the house, along with long-hidden clues about Pony's death that can no longer be ignored. Second in series.


Upstairs Dragon, The

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"This humorous story features a grumpy old man and an eccentric old woman. Both refuse to take advice from their friends. Eventually, their stubborn behaviour causes all kinds of confusion.Genre: HumourReading Age: 8.8 - 9.2 years



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