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

Margaret Powell


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

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

  • Title: Climbing the Stairs: Further Tales of a 1920s Kitchen Maid
  • Author: Margaret Powell
  • ISBN: 9781447201960
  • Page: 284
  • Format: Paperback

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From the grand houses of Brighton to imposing London mansions, life as a kitchen maid could be exhausting and demoralising It s not just being at the beck and call of the people upstairs, when even the children of the family can treat you like dirt, but having to deal with temperamental cooks, starchy butlers and chauffeurs with a roving eye.Marriage is the only escape, bFrom the grand houses of Brighton to imposing London mansions, life as a kitchen maid could be exhausting and demoralising It s not just being at the beck and call of the people upstairs, when even the children of the family can treat you like dirt, but having to deal with temperamental cooks, starchy butlers and chauffeurs with a roving eye.Marriage is the only escape, but with one evening off a week Margaret has no time to lose Between Perce the bus conductor who brings his mother on dates and Mr Hailsham the fishmonger who looks and smells a bit like his wares , her initial prospects are hardly the stuff of dreams.But then she meets Albert a butcher boy turned milkman Could he be the perfect husband And can she make the perfect wife when, as she soon discovers, years spent serving others don t prepare you for managing your own life Soon Margaret begins to wonder how can someone like her ever improve their station Told with her trademark wit and warmth, Climbing the Stairs is a unique, sharp eyed tale of a time when the idea of masters and servants began to lose its sway, and of a remarkable woman who grasped the opportunities of this brave new world with both hands.


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

Curiosity, rather than reputation (plus an irresistible price of 10p) prompted me to buy this book; despite my having read her previous book, “Below Stairs”. Highly self-opinionated and critical of others; Margaret Powell initially does not come across at all attractively. Obsessions below stairs made me feel positively sorry for her employers. However, Margaret was at least sufficiently cool-headed to weigh up the potentially advantageous economic benefits to her of setting her cap at an En [...]

This is the third book I have read by Margaret Powell,I would give this a 3.5. All three of her books are memoirs. I think I liked her first book "Below Stairs" the best.her first two memoirs focused on what it was like to work in the big houses in the 1920s. This book if you look at the cover is a bit misleadingrt of the title went on to say "Further Tales of a 1920s kitchen Maid" I thought this third installment offered more tidbits of her life working for the big houses. She actually only wri [...]

Clever of the publishers and Ms Powell to extend her brand. Unfortunately, there's very little of interest in this book, even less of her time in service.

Meh.More than a continuation of Powell's memoirs, this is a re-hashing and embroidering of some of the stories told in Below Stairs. The narration is scrappy and jumps back and forth, from the time of writing (the 1960s) to when she first went to London, to when she was in her fifties, back to before she marriedI was dizzy just trying to remember when we were. The version of some of her "married life" anecdotes is as wildly different to the story in the first book as some of the "servant life" o [...]

Mildly amusing, but not essential unless you're really interested in the early 20th century class system. I sometimes wonder if domestic service was really more or less oppressive than a minimum wage retail or industrial job is now. She was a very determined lady though. I can say that some of my older family members have or had a similarity un-romantic view of life.

This was a do not finish for me, not because the book was bad, but simply because I was as interested in Powell's life outside services as I thought I would be while reading "Below Stairs."

A kitchen maid is at everyone's beck and call and works exceptionally hard with having to deal with angry cooks and starchy butlers. The hours of work are long and tiring and they get very hours to get out of the house where they are employed. The maid is this book is trying to find a way out of this and sometimes the only way out is marriage but finding someone is hard to do but Margaret gets out on her half day off and meets up with a bus conductor but then realizes he is tied down to his sist [...]

This is a continuation of the memoir of the author, a kitchen maid in 1920s England. She tells some of the in and outs of her life in service and how she came to leave that life to become a wife and mother. The author gives insight to the life of the working classes during that time in England, particularly from the social perspective. She spends less time in this book on her actual service in a great house, but portrays an unblinking and frank view on some of her dating experiences and the chal [...]

Another honest and interesting partial autobiography. Her style of writing is open and honest and unhindered by political correctness.

Ricordate Below Stairs, il libro che è stato _fra altri_ di ispirazione a Fellowes per la creazione della bellissima serie Downton Abbey e che ho letto e recensito a marzo di quest'anno? Climbing the Stairs è il seguito. Margaret continua a raccontare la sua storia: dall'arrivo a Londra con i primi appuntamenti al matrimonio con Albert, passando per tutta una serie di notevoli episodi, come i suoi ricoveri in ospedale (il secondo del quale per cancro), l'iscrizione alla scuola per ottenere il [...]

Margaret Powell’s “Climbing the Stairs” is a charming revealing memoir about domestic service and life in general in 1920s England. Her old fashioned turns of phrases and candid opinions make this biography seem like a tea with grandma. While she vividly recalls her various positions, families, boyfriends, family, friends and homes you get a taste of what life actually was like, how people thought and why they did just what they did. History books can only give you the basics while Powell [...]

The reason I only gave this book two stars was because when I first picked it up I thought that it was a fiction, however a couple of chapters in I realised that it was non-fiction. I did enjoy the story of Margaret Powell as I do love reading stories about people like her in the 1920s. However I did not particularly enjoy her style of writing. I think I would go back and read her first book Below Stairs if I came across it in the library, as in the end I did enjoy reading about the different pl [...]

Much of Margaret Powell's life when not working revolved around finding a man to marry. She acknowledges that that was what you did at that time. It was an interesting read and striking to me because it is non-fiction and yet so much a reflection of fiction books dealing with the same area (though I guess the reflection should go the other way). She seems a women full of fun and determination who is able to carry that into her writing.

Margaret Powell's first book--Below Stairs--is much better than this sequel. She does add some interesting details regarding how she met her husband. Unfortunately, the book suffers from bad editing as she repeats many of the same stories from the first book. I read many memoirs, and I can't think of another memoir where so many of the same tales are repeated in a second volume.

really enjoyed this book! it was my first from this author and i can't wait to read her others. i kinda wonder if i should have read the one that came before this first, but i had already gotten this one and said "why not?". so i'll be reading them backwards. she kind of jumps back and forth chronologically but it wasn't hard to follow long and i was quite enjoyable!

In Below Stairs, Margaret Powell discusses her years as a maid in the 20's in England. In Climbing The Stairs, we find out about her life as a wife, mother, student, breast cancer survivor and her decision to start writing. Just as hilarious, frank and honest as the first book. I enjoyed her outlook on life: keep it simple and keep it real. Yupat's great advice!

I'd probably give it 3.5 stars, but there was enough overlap between this book and the first one to make things a bit dull. I did like what she had to say about seeking an education at any age, though.

Such a witty lady! I love her down to earth sense of propriety.

More than a bit repetitive of "Below Stairs", but there's still a lot of great stories of early 20th century working-class life in Britain.

Illuminating. I love every anecdote!


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