Rose : My Life in Service to Lady Astor


Rose : My Life in Service to Lady Astor

Description

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.


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Details

Author(s)
Rosina Harrison
Format
Paperback | 354 pages
Dimensions
131 x 197 x 17mm | 259g
Publication date
27 Dec 2011
Publisher
Penguin Putnam Inc
Imprint
Penguin USA
Publication City/Country
New York, NY, United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
Reprint
ISBN10
0143120867
ISBN13
9780143120865
Bestsellers rank
96,047