27 - Ways with Words 4, Tessa Boase, The Housekeeper’s Tale

27 - Ways with Words 4, Tessa Boase, The Housekeeper’s Tale

23 July 2016 3:00 pm

The Saloon, Duncombe Park, Helmsley, York, North Yorkshire YO62 5EB, UK

27 - Ways with Words 4,  Tessa Boase,  The Housekeeper’s Tale

Ways with Words 4

Tessa Boase

The Housekeeper’s Tale

This was one of the most prestigious jobs a 19th or early 20th century working woman could wish for, and also one of the toughest – a long way from Downton Abbey fiction. An English country house housekeeper might manage 100 servants and a domestic budget equal to a small bank. She had no need of a home, or even a husband. Tessa Boase tells the extraordinary and moving stories of five women who ran Britain’s most prominent households, including an unwanted pregnancy, a forbidden love affair, a prison sentence and several cases of summary dismissal. This was not, it turns out, such a cushy job…

 
Boase makes history sing, packing her stories with details of family life and class distinctions and the minutiae of everyday living... A great read’ – Toronto Sun

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