Hemning Sternberg (moonshadow) wrote,
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Rose: My Life In Service by Rosina Harrison

Title: Rose: My Life in Service
Author: Rosina Harrison
Genre: Historical autobiography.
Setting: England, 1899 to 1964
Reason for Reading: It was recommended to me because I am interested in domestic service.
Pages: 237
Copyright Date: 1975
Cover: A shaded black and white drawing of a woman in a hat and coat standing in front of a mansion.
First line: "Although this book is about domestic service it is also about people, and apart from myself about one person in particular: Nancy, Lady Astor."
Best part: The intricate details of the running of the household were so fascinating.
Worst part: This is so different from the way that people expect to be treated nowadays. Lady Astor was incredibly mean to Rose and hardly paid her anything. Rose hardly had any life of her own.
Imaginary Theme Song: "Hard Day's Night" by the Beatles
Grade: C
Recommended for: Anyone who really wants to learn about the older traditions of domestic service. Anyone with an interest in the decadent life that nobles used to enjoy.
Related Reads: That's a tough one honestly. I don't read much in the way of autobiography and this is one of the first books I've found on old-school domestic service. I'll have to think about it.
Tags: books 2009, fiction
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