Up and Down Stairs, by Jeremy Musson, is an odd book. On the one hand it's super-informative and clearly thoroughly researched. On the other, oh god, it is so hard to finish. I've been working on it for months, off and on, and it's only 250 pages.
( It"s essentially a history of service in England...Collapse )
Final Verdict: If you're really, really into English country house servants, or you're writing a detailed Downton Abbey fanfic, this is the book for you. Casual readers may, like me, start to skim large chunks of text looking for the funny bits.