Rose by Rosina Harrison audiobook

Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor

By Rosina Harrison
Read by Wanda McCaddon

Tantor Audio
8.60 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9781452680859

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 five-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” but also the story of an unlikely decades-long friendship that grew between Her Ladyship and her spirited Yorkshire maid.

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Summary

Summary

A BookPage Top Pick of What to Read after Downton Abbey

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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 five-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” but also the story of an unlikely decades-long friendship that grew between Her Ladyship and her spirited Yorkshire maid.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Lady Astor’s personal maid reveals her ‘upstairs, downstairs’ relationships with England’s grandest family…Fascinating and deliciously readable.” New York Times Book Review
“An extraordinary document, realistic, candid, and a rare look from the vantage point below stairs at a nostalgically romanticized world.” Los Angeles Times
“A delectable assortment of tales and details…Not only a crackling comedy of manners but a sense of the way it was, firsthand.” Newsweek
“Listeners are in for a treat…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 élan 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. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Rosina Harrison

Author Bio: Rosina Harrison

Rosina Harrison (1899–1989) served as Lady Nancy Astor’s personal maid for over thirty-five years. She is the author of Gentlemen’s Gentlemen and Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 8.60
Audience: Adult
Language: English