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The Cook's Tale: Life Below Stairs as it Really Was
 
 
Author
Nancy Jackman & Tom Quinn.
Publisher Coronet  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5.05 x 0.6 inches
ISBN 9781444735895
Pages/Publication Date 247/2012
Daedalus Item Code 33725
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"People talk about feeling as if the modern world is split into 'us and them' but they don't know what they're talking about," says Nancy Jackman, in her memoir of a life in service in English country houses. "If you worked as a cook or as any kind of domestic servant when I was young you knew what 'us and them' really meant." Jackman was born in 1907 in a remote Norfolk village and left school at 14 to work as a cook for a local farmer. Even though he forced her to stand in the rain when she made a mistake, physically abused her, and eventually tried to rape her, Jackman continued in service, and went on to work as a cook in various houses until the 1950s, sustained by her determination to earn enough for a life of her own. As a cook, she was expected to kill the chickens, oversee the pig-sticker, deal with the tradesmen, and shout at the kitchen maids. Her story, at times hilarious, at times heartbreaking, tells what it was like working for people who had no idea how to care for themselves, and how profoundly the world of upstairs/downstairs changed after World War II.

"The bosses upstairs from Nancy Jackman's kitchen may have had the money and power, but The Cook's Tale shows that each person in the big houses lived very interesting lives."—Anglotopia.net

 
 
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