Stephanie Reviews Below Stairs by Margaret Powell

Below Stairs by Margaret Powell

Below Stairs by Margaret Powell is a mildly interesting book. I was a bit disappointed with this book. This is partially my fault. I went into it thinking that it was a daring expose on the people that Powell worked for. It turned out to be an autobiography of a woman who worked in domestic service during both World War I and World War II. Needless to say this wasn’t nearly as exciting as I thought it would be.

Below Stairs does give you the behind the scenes life of a kitchen maid. Powell worked her way up from kitchen maid to cook. Her memories and stories rang with an authenticity. You could easily tell that Powell was not a woman to clean up a story from politeness. The story is told as if you had just set down with Powell for a cup of tea to discuss nostalgic times.

To be fair, Below Stairs gives a vivid snap shot of the times in history when things seemed to be evolving quickly. If you’re looking for a scintillating tale of the era a la Downton Abbey, you may want to pass this book by. However; if you can appreciate a simple tale about domestic service you may want to give this one a try.

2 responses to “Stephanie Reviews Below Stairs by Margaret Powell”

  1. Too bad you were disappointed by this book. I must be the only person who hasn’t watched Downton Abbey, I didn’t quite make it through the first episode yet. not because it wasn’t good but because I just didn’t have time the whole thing. Think I will have to pass on this book for now, I have a huge pile I really want yo get through. Hope you enjoy your current read more!


    1. It is too bad. 😦 Downton Abbey is pretty wonderful! It does take a few episodes to really get into it but once you do, you’ll be hooked. I’m counting down the days until 2014 for the new season!


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