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The Lady's Maid


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A fascinating look at the life of a lady's maid, and her spirited employer, in the first half of the twentieth century

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Rosina Harrison (known as Rose) was born in Aldfield, North Yorkshire, in 1899. Her mother was a laundry maid and her father a stonemason. Rose became a lady's maid in 1918, and she was later lady's maid to Lady Astor for 35 years. She later retired to Worthing where she died in 1989.


"No fictional series would have dared present a story half so full of strife - and hate as well as love - as that of Rose and her mistress ... The book is full of wry humour as well as splendid anecdotes which make it extremely jolly reading for those who don't have to live through the experiences. The period touches are fascinating, ranging from the grim to the purely enjoyable" -- Antonia Fraser * Evening Standard *
"Fascinating, outspoken, yet respectful, loving, yet indignant: a social document of mistress and maid, in station opposite, but in temperament equal ..." * Sunday Telegraph *
"Unique insight into the splendours and miseries of Clivedon ... stuffed with interesting and amusing anecdotes" * Times Literary Supplement *
"Emminently readable" * Financial Times *
"Fascinating and deliciously readable" * New York Times Book Review *

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