Rose: My Life In Service To Lady Astor

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Rose: My Life In Service To Lady Astor

by Rosina Harrison

Penguin Books | December 27, 2011 | Trade Paperback

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In 1928, Rosina Harrison arrived at the illustrious household of the Astor family to take up her new position as personal maid to the infamously temperamental Lady Nancy Astor, who sat in Parliament, entertained royalty, and traveled the world. "She''s not a lady as you would understand a lady" was the butler''s ominous warning. But what no one expected was that the iron-willed Lady Astor was about to meet her match in the no-nonsense, whip-smart girl from the country.

For 35 years, from the parties thrown for royalty and trips across the globe, to the air raids during WWII, Rose was by Lady Astor''s side and behind the scenes, keeping everything running smoothly. In charge of everything from the clothes and furs to the baggage to the priceless diamond "sparklers," Rose was closer to Lady Astor than anyone else. In her decades of service she received one £5 raise, but she traveled the world in style and retired with a lifetime''s worth of stories. Like Gosford Park and Downton Abbey, ROSE is a captivating insight into the great wealth ''upstairs'' and the endless work ''downstairs'', but it is also the story of an unlikely decades-long friendship that grew between Her Ladyship and her spirited Yorkshire maid.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 7.84 × 5.18 × 0.67 in

Published: December 27, 2011

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143120867

ISBN - 13: 9780143120865

Found in: Social Science

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Rose: My Life In Service To Lady Astor

by Rosina Harrison

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 7.84 × 5.18 × 0.67 in

Published: December 27, 2011

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143120867

ISBN - 13: 9780143120865

About the Book

In 1928, Harrison arrived at the illustrious household of the Astor family to take up her new position as personal maid to the infamously unconventional Lady Astor, who sat in Parliament, entertained royalty, and traveled the world.

From the Publisher

In 1928, Rosina Harrison arrived at the illustrious household of the Astor family to take up her new position as personal maid to the infamously temperamental Lady Nancy Astor, who sat in Parliament, entertained royalty, and traveled the world. "She''s not a lady as you would understand a lady" was the butler''s ominous warning. But what no one expected was that the iron-willed Lady Astor was about to meet her match in the no-nonsense, whip-smart girl from the country.

For 35 years, from the parties thrown for royalty and trips across the globe, to the air raids during WWII, Rose was by Lady Astor''s side and behind the scenes, keeping everything running smoothly. In charge of everything from the clothes and furs to the baggage to the priceless diamond "sparklers," Rose was closer to Lady Astor than anyone else. In her decades of service she received one £5 raise, but she traveled the world in style and retired with a lifetime''s worth of stories. Like Gosford Park and Downton Abbey, ROSE is a captivating insight into the great wealth ''upstairs'' and the endless work ''downstairs'', but it is also the story of an unlikely decades-long friendship that grew between Her Ladyship and her spirited Yorkshire maid.

About the Author

Rosina Harrison (1899-1989) served as Lady Nancy Astor''s personal maid for over thirty-five years and was the author of two books.

Editorial Reviews

"Lady Astor''s personal maid reveals her ''upstairs, downstairs'' relationships with England''s grandest family...Fascinating and deliciously readable!" 

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