By Margaret Powell
From the grand homes of Brighton to enforcing London mansions, existence as a kitchen maid may be onerous and demoralising. It's not only being on the beck and speak to of the folk upstairs, whilst even the kids of the kinfolk can deal with you love airborne dirt and dust, yet having to accommodate temperamental chefs, starchy butlers and chauffeurs with a roving eye.
Marriage is the single break out, yet with one night off every week Margaret has no time to lose. among Perce the bus conductor (who brings his mom on dates) and Mr Hailsham the fishmonger (who appears - and scents - rather like his wares), her preliminary clients are rarely the stuff of dreams.
But then she meets Albert; a butcher boy-turned-milkman. might he be the suitable husband? and will she make the suitable spouse whilst, as she quickly discovers, years spent serving others don't organize you for dealing with your individual existence? quickly Margaret starts to ask yourself - how can an individual like her ever enhance their station?
Told together with her trademark wit and heat, hiking the steps is a different, sharp-eyed story of a time whilst the assumption of masters and servants started to lose its sway, and of a notable girl who grasped the possibilities of this courageous new international with either arms.
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