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They Also Serve: The Real Life Story of My Lifetime in Service as a Butler


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Told by a man who's seen it all firsthand and perfect for fans of Downton Abbey, this is a scandilous behind-the-scenes look at the real-life estate houses of England

During more than 30 years in a variety of houses, Bob Sharpe managed to rise from garden boy to valet and finally to the feared and respected position of butler. As a boy he had to kill pheasant chicks, boil rabbits for the estate dogs, carry the wood up and down stairs every day for 30 fires, and sleep on the floor outside his master's room. He cleaned shoes, ironed underwear and socks, and once had to stand all night in the hall waiting for a late visitor to arrive. But as a butler he was the best paid servant in the house, waited on, feared, and respected by the other servants. Bob Sharpe knew the real world of upstairs/downstairs and the secrets of the landed gentry—even to the point of incest and attempted murder—and it's all included here in this captivating read.

About the Author

Bob Sharpe, who was born in 1902 and died in 1985, worked both in London and in several country houses. Tom Quinn is the editor of the Country Landowner's Magazine. He has spent the last 20 years interviewing people who worked in domestic service, and is the author of a number of books, including Eccentric London, Hidden Britain, London's Strangest Tales, and Tales of the Old Country Farmers.

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Sharpe, Bob
Coronet (GB)
Quinn, Tom
World History-England General
Biography - General
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Lives of Servants
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