Climbing the Stairs: Further Tales of a 1920s Kitchen Maid

Climbing the Stairs: Further Tales of a 1920s Kitchen Maid

Margaret Powell


From the grand homes of Brighton to enforcing London mansions, lifestyles as a kitchen maid should be arduous and demoralising. It's not only being on the beck and make contact with of the folks upstairs, while even the kids of the kinfolk can deal with you're keen on airborne dirt and dust, yet having to house temperamental chefs, starchy butlers and chauffeurs with a roving eye.

Marriage is the single break out, yet with one night off per week Margaret has no time to lose. among Perce the bus conductor (who brings his mom on dates) and Mr Hailsham the fishmonger (who seems to be - and scents - rather like his wares), her preliminary customers are infrequently the stuff of dreams.

But then she meets Albert; a butcher boy-turned-milkman. may perhaps he be the suitable husband? and will she make the appropriate spouse whilst, as she quickly discovers, years spent serving others don't organize you for dealing with your individual lifestyles? quickly Margaret starts off to ask yourself - how can anyone like her ever enhance their station?

Told together with her trademark wit and heat, mountaineering the steps is a different, sharp-eyed story of a time while the belief of masters and servants started to lose its sway, and of a striking lady who grasped the possibilities of this courageous new international with either fingers.

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