Below Stairs by Margaret Powell

Published March 3, 2016

Below Stairs by Margaret Powell

Book info

  • Title
  • Author Margaret Powell
  • Year
  • Genres


This was a super quick read that I picked up in one of the Kindle sales. It’s so interesting to read how someone really feels in domestic service, because from a distance it sounds like an awful job. And Margaret does admit to being bitter about the experience, but she also highlights the good parts as well - as few as they may be.

What’s most fascinating is a) the variation in how domestic staff are treated in different houses, some as equals and others as less than nothing, and b) the gradual change in circumstances due to the war and enforced poverty that came with it.

A good read, interesting and eye-opening throughout.

Rating: Unrated

← Previous The Memory Game by Nicci French
Next → The Evening Chorus by Helen Humphreys