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They Also Serve The real life story of my time in service as a butler:Cryptools

Tom Quinn
Tom Quinn Published in October 21, 2018, 9:13 pm
 They Also Serve The real life story of my time in service as a butler:Cryptools

They Also Serve The real life story of my time in service as a butler:Cryptools


sos Reply to on 6 July 2018
This is a fascinating read. You feel as if Bob is speaking to you directly from the past. He was born in 1902 and passed away in 1985. This book is such an important and really interesting account of social history. He tells of how things changed so much in his lifetime spanning most of the 20th century.
His frank descriptions of the people he met are an eye opener and the way he describes the changes taking place between the wars is so evocative.
One of the best books I have read.
Bazz Reply to on 12 August 2013
I greatly enjoyed this book, it was as if the gentleman was talking to me by the fireside.
so easy to read and enjoy. He really described how Life was and the attitudes people had, the writer
has good descriptive powers.
If only there were more books like this one, we could understand the past better.
the most enjoyable chapter was about the less well off gentleman he served in South London
who still lived in the grand manner.
I was sorry when I came to the end.
Granny B
Granny B Reply to on 15 September 2018
Very interesting book. Found it difficult to put down. Lovely to read how things were in the days of servants. How times change.
True Blue
True Blue Reply to on 22 October 2012
Of course I am an absolute fan of Downton Abbey, but what was it really like to be "below stairs" at the turn of the twentieth century?
Bob Sharpe has given us an insight with his own experiences below stairs. He shares his life in a light-hearted manner but makes the reader aware that it was hard work for little money. As a staff member you were there to work, but you were a nobody to those upstairs. The staff even had their hierarchy. Yet Mr Sharpe was ambitious and aimed to climb the 'below stairs' ladder and change his place of employment in order to better himself. Some of the things he was required to do were decidedly odd or perhaps they just seem so from today's perspective.

Some how Bob managed to enjoy his few hours off and eventually fell in love at first sight with a young woman who was also in service. His devotion to the woman who was to become his wife is evident to the end.

I found the story flowed easily and with only hints of drama, leaving much to the readers imagination.
Kindle Customer
Kindle Customer Reply to on 5 August 2018
Well written, giving a superb insight to a life in service. Looking forward to reading more of these type of books to understand a life that will never be again.
Mr. J. Brown
Mr. J. Brown Reply to on 4 September 2018
I thoroughly enjoyed this reflection on the past and I was sad 😢 when the book ended. A real joy.
Kindle Customer
Kindle Customer Reply to on 11 February 2018
Enjoyed this book very much, gives a good insight to being in service at that time. Is also very well written and easy to follow.
Kindle Customer
Kindle Customer Reply to on 13 January 2018
My only criticism would be that he never told us enough stories about the people he met. Saying that I'll give it a 5 star rating.
james mackie
james mackie Reply to on 23 March 2018
A very interesting book. How much had changed over the years. Worth reading about life below stairs and the difference in classes
confused Reply to on 2 October 2017
Superb read
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