Book recommendations for Victorian/Edwardian era servants?
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Anyone out there found something good in this vein?
There are, however, lots of excellent books on the subject written by some very good historians that make fascinating reading. I hope something in this list of my favourites will appeal:
Not specifically about the Victorians/Edwardians but a general history of life within the home, and well worth reading are Bill Bryson's At Home and Lucy Worsley's If Walls Could Talk.
More specific are The Victorian Home from the Shire Library collection; Up and Down Stairs: the History of the Country House Servant by Jeremy Musson; Female Occupations: Women's Employment From 1840 - 1950 by Margaret Ward; The Edwardian Country House by Juliet Gardiner; They Worked All Their Lives by Carl Chinn; Victorian Women by Joan Perkin; The Victorian House by Judith Flanders; A Victorian Household: based on the diaries of Marion Sambourne. The Impossible Life of Mary Benson is one I haven't read yet but it looks wonderful, as is Mrs Woolf and the Servants.
Please report back if you find anything good!
ETA - *While checking out details on Amazon, I notice that Tom Quinn (The Cook's Tale) has also written The Maid's Tale and They Also Serve, about life as a butler. His books seem to concentrate on the Edwardian, rather than Victorian era and a little beyond (as does Downton Abbey, of course) but they do look very informative and entertaining.
Rose: my life in Service by Rosina Harrison--lady's maid to Lady Astor
What the Butler Saw by E.S. Turner
What the Butler Winked At by Eric Horne
Below Stairs by Margaret Powell
Not in Front of the Servants by Frank Dawes
The Rise and Fall of the Victorian Servant by Pamela Horn
The Country House Servant by Pamela Sambrook
The Servants' Hall by Merlin Waterson
Not in Front of the Servants! by Derek Nimmo
The Duties of Servants