Secret bundles of letters, scrawled diary entries and the neglected service wing archives of stately homes have all been plundered to resurrect a series of extraordinary personal stories from 19th and 20th-century domestic service in the great British country house. Read more…
A fluent study… Boase builds a deep, rich account of their individual lives, returning from the archive with some telling tales.
Boase makes history sing, packing her stories with details of family life and class distinctions and the minutiae of everyday living in a house with 10 or 30 or even 100 servants. A great read.
The truth is more scandalous than film or fiction – this is one of those social history studies that makes the reader howl with rage.
Tessa will be speaking at the small but thrillingly diverse Hurst Festival, East Sussex, on Thursday 22 September 2016, 7.30pm.