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12 March 2012

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I just finished Rose: my Life with Lady Astor. It was good, but yours sounds better. Rose's acount of her life in service was fairly scattered, I couldn't always tell who she was talking about or when the story was taking place. Still worth reading.

LOL That passage was awesome! Now I want to read this. :D

BTW, I read Shadid's first book but might not get around to posting about it for another couple weeks. So, in brief: it's v well-written but it came out just months before 9/11, so ten years on a lot of his predictions seem quite rosy. So it was a bit melancholy reading it in 2012. But there are lots of really fascinating interviews/profiles included (primarily men, but Shadid mentions this in his intro, so I wasn't really bothered by it) & I'm very glad to have read it.

Melanie,
Ooh, I want to read the "Rose" book now too. Thanks!!

Eva,
Yes, I know I enjoyed it. Ms. Powell is saucy.

And thank you for letting me know about the Shadid. I'm going to look up more of his stuff and also his new one, I think. How sad to read a book where the future turned out to be less rosy than predicted, but I suppose that's bound to happen a lot.

Man, I've got to read this book! I keep seeing it everywhere and haven't gotten around to it yet. Your review moved me to finally put it on my official 'list.'

This is definitely going on my "TBR" list. I used to work with a woman, she is now about 62 years old and grew up in Scotland. She's the oldest of 5 children and she says she never realized that her mom was pregnant. The midwife would come over and in the morning there was a new baby. She thought the midwife brought the baby in...

I noticed today that my hold is now "in transit." I hope to be enjoying it soon.

ABM,
Do pop back and let me know what you think! Glad it's moved up to your "official" list. :)

Marmota,
Ha, that would be super nice if the midwives would just bring the babies! Women must have had more fortitude than. Everyone around me knew I was pregnant because I complained a lot. But I always complain a lot, so maybe if I'd stopped that would have been weird too. Ha!

Donna,
I hope you like it too. Let me know what you think of it!

Again, I am glad you enjoyed the book. Bonnie and I were faithful watchers of both Upstairs Downstairs and Downton Abbey and discovered many ah-ha moments in Margaret Powell's book.

Just finished this today. Loved it. It's now clear why that lowest-of-low kitchen maid is an important character in Upstairs Downstairs and Downton Abbey.

Rick,
I SO enjoyed this book. Thanks for your great review, calling my attention to it. Someday when I take a vacation, I'm not going to go anywhere, I'm just going to set in my house and watch the ENTIRE series of Upstairs, Downstairs. Now THAT's a staycation.

Donna,
So glad you loved it! Wouldn't you have loved to have a cuppa and a chat with ol' Margaret? I wonder what kind of stories she left out of her book...

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