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Upstairs & downstairs : my life in service as a lady's maid / Hilda Newman ; with Tim Tate.

By: Newman, Hilda.
Contributor(s): Tate, Tim [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London, England : John Blake, 2019Copyright date: ©2019Description: ix, 261 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), portraits ; 20 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781789461275 (paperback); 1789461278 (paperback).Other title: Upstairs and downstairs.Uniform titles: Diamonds at dinner Subject(s): Newman, Hilda | Women household employees -- England -- Biography | Great Britain -- Social conditions -- 20th centuryGenre/Form: Autobiographies.DDC classification: 640.46092 Summary: The year was 1935: the twilight of the English aristocracy. It was a time of wealth and glamour; of lavish balls and evening gowns; of tiaras and a coronation. As personal maid to Lady Coventry, Hilda Newman had a unique insight into the leisured life of one of Britain's most noble families. In her fascinating memoir of life upstairs and down, Hilda takes us back to this period between the wars; a gilded era which would soon be dramatically changed by the Second World War. Transplanted from a tiny house with no bath or hot water to an eighteenth-century Neo-Palladian mansion, Hilda's life changed beyond recognition. But in a time when the very foundations of British society were being shaken to their core, the luxurious life of the country nobility couldn't last. The Second World War brought more turbulence with it, and Croome Court, where Hilda had lived and worked, became a haven for the Dutch Royal Family fleeing Nazi occupation, whilst also home to a top-secret RAF base. The lavish banquets and decadent parties had become a thing of the past.
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First published in 2013 as Diamonds at dinner.

The year was 1935: the twilight of the English aristocracy. It was a time of wealth and glamour; of lavish balls and evening gowns; of tiaras and a coronation. As personal maid to Lady Coventry, Hilda Newman had a unique insight into the leisured life of one of Britain's most noble families. In her fascinating memoir of life upstairs and down, Hilda takes us back to this period between the wars; a gilded era which would soon be dramatically changed by the Second World War. Transplanted from a tiny house with no bath or hot water to an eighteenth-century Neo-Palladian mansion, Hilda's life changed beyond recognition. But in a time when the very foundations of British society were being shaken to their core, the luxurious life of the country nobility couldn't last. The Second World War brought more turbulence with it, and Croome Court, where Hilda had lived and worked, became a haven for the Dutch Royal Family fleeing Nazi occupation, whilst also home to a top-secret RAF base. The lavish banquets and decadent parties had become a thing of the past.