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I was hoping that I might be able to find a few book recommendations in here. I'm on a bit of a kick right now with the Upstairs, Downstairs kind of plot - where the story is about the upper class gentry and about their servants (those who live Upstairs, andthose that live Downstairs.) One of my favorite books is The House at Riverton by Kate Morton, which is about one of these servants, how she's treated by the family, what work she does, what secrets she has, etc etc.
You might also recognize the kind of plot I'm looking for in the TV show "Downton Abbey" or the movie "Gosford Park."
Anyone recognize this in any Historical Fiction books? Mystery, drama, romance... I'll read anything!
Snobs by Julian Fellowes, who wrote Downton Abbey.
It is nonfiction, but Margaret Powell has written several memoirs of her life as a kitchen maid and cook. Below Stairs is one.
You might also like this list of books about life in a country house: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Life-English-Country-House/lm/R3DVRJ8LG8P0T9/ref=cm_lmt_dtpa_f_3_rdssss0
Ivy Compton-Burnett writes domestic fiction like Manservant and Maidservant
Don't forget The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro.
The Observations by Jane Harris.
Solomon's The Novel in the Viola.
I'll Bring you Buttercups by Elgin.
Up and Down Stairs (non fiction) by Musson.
The Cazalet series, starting with The Light Years by Elizabeth Jane Howard.
Sanderson's Netherwood has a sticker on the cover saying it is good for Downton Abbey fans.
And if you've not seen it, check out the PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) series called Manor House -- can usually be found from your public library or Netflix.
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