Social & Industrial History
Tales From Below Stairs
The Bestselling Memoirs of a 1920s Kitchen Maid
Margaret Powell entered a life of service in the great houses of 1920s London at the age of 15. In this funny, poignant and at times angry memoir, she evokes a vanished world: the harsh life of a kitchen maid, the haughty mistresses, lecherous gentlemen and temperamental cooks, the heartbreaking fate of a pregnant parlourmaid, and her own eventual escape to marry and make an independent life with Albert the milkman.
Moustaches, Whiskers & Beards
The extravagant whiskers of prominent Victorians such as Charles Darwin and WG Grace seemed impossibly archaic until the recent 'hipster' fashion reinvented the wearing of long beards for young men for the first time since the hippies of the 1960s. This book traces the history of fashions in facial hair from the ancients to the present day.