My Life in Service to Lady Astor
Author(s): Rosina Harrison
Original Publish Date: Dec 10, 2012
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (8.60 hours)
Product Number: Z100099723
Released: Jul 20, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781452690858
Narrator/s: Wanda McCaddon
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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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 thirty-five years, from the parties thrown for royalty and trips across the globe, to the air raids during World War II, 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-pound 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 not only a captivating insight into the great wealth 'upstairs' and the endless work 'downstairs'; 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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Author(s): Rosina Harrison
Product Number EB00394398
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: #9781101565704

Professional reviews

"Listeners are in for a treat with this audiobook of Rosina Harrison's life in service to Lady Nancy Astor, wife of Waldorf Astor. As a lady's maid, Rose's life was one of service and splendor. She traveled the world with Lady Astor and enjoyed every minute of it. The superb Wanda McCaddon takes the listener through a time warp and plants us in the early twentieth century, when ocean liners are the chief means of transportation and being a lady's maid is a desirable profession. With Žlan McCaddon transitions from Rose's Yorkshire accent to Lady Astor's witty outspoken cadence--as well as to the voices of the many other staff as they recount their anecdotes. It's a delight for the ears and a feast for the imagination. E.E.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"

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