Below Stairs by Margaret Powell is a 212-page softcover published first in 1968 by St. Martin's Griffin. The condition is near-fine, with no perceivable flaws.
Brilliantly evoking the long-vanished world of masters and servants portrayed in Downtown Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs, Margaret Powell's classic memoir of her time in service, Below Stairs, is the remarkable true story of an indomitable woman who, though she served in the great houses of England, never stopped aiming high. Powell first arrived at the servants' entrance of one of those great houses in the 1920s. As a kitchen maid--the lowest of the low--she entered an entirely new world: one of stoves to be blacked, mistresses to be appeased, and bootlaces to be ironed. From the gentleman with a penchant for stroking the housemaids' curlers, to raucous tea dances with errand boys, Margaret's tales of her time in service are told with wit, warmth, and a shard eye in a fascinating "downstairs" portrait of life behind the closed doors of grand houses like Downton Abbey and 165 Eaton Place.