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Life Below Stairs

Publication Date: 30/09/2011

Price: £5.99

ISBN: 9781843177821

Categories: Science - History - Philosophy

About the Book

Upstairs, an Edwardian home was a picture of elegance, sophistication and serenity, filled with social engagements and lavish dinner parties. Downstairs was another story; a hive of domestic activity, as servants strove to ensure that life ran as smoothly as possible for their employers.

Life Below Stairs paints a detailed picture of what really went on downstairs, revealing the true-life trials and tribulations of the servants in a typical Edwardian household. Thoroughly researched and containing first-hand stories from staff of the time, this book looks at the daily life of the servants, the household structure and hierarchy, pay and working conditions, hiring and firing, and the backgrounds of the people working in these houses.

Looking at the lives of servants from the scullery maid to the butler, bestselling author Alison Maloney presents a vibrant account of a way of life from a bygone era.

About the Author

Alison Maloney is a journalist and author whose books include The Grannies' Book, Things to Do With Mum and Strictly Come Dancing: The Official Annual 2008. As well as a long stint on The Sunday Post newspaper, she worked as a children's book editor for two years. Alison lives in Kent with her husband and two children.


  • 'Fascinating', Daily Mail
  • 'A fascinating slice of British History', Readers Digest
  • 'a fascinating new book', Daily Express
  • 'a captivating snapshot of a different world and time', Sainsburys Magazine
  • 'All you need to know about life below stairs', The Countryman