Her Ladyship's Girl

Her Ladyship s Girl Anwyn Moyle was born at the end of the First World War in a small mining village in Wales At the age of sixteen she was sent to London to earn her living where she found a live in job as a scullery

  • Title: Her Ladyship's Girl
  • Author: Anwyn Moyle
  • ISBN: 9781471134111
  • Page: 212
  • Format: Paperback
  • Anwyn Moyle was born at the end of the First World War in a small mining village in Wales At the age of sixteen, she was sent to London to earn her living, where she found a live in job as a scullery maid Her day began at 5 a.m cleaning grates and lighting fires, then she would scrub floors and polish the house all for two shillings a week, one of which she had to seAnwyn Moyle was born at the end of the First World War in a small mining village in Wales At the age of sixteen, she was sent to London to earn her living, where she found a live in job as a scullery maid Her day began at 5 a.m cleaning grates and lighting fires, then she would scrub floors and polish the house all for two shillings a week, one of which she had to send home to her mother Things improved when she secured the position of lady s maid in a house in Belgravia, on five shillings a week Anwyn was required to be a hairdresser, beautician, confidante and secretary Reporting directly to the lady of the house, she was expected to cover up her mistress s affairs Her time as a lady s maid was over when she was caught with a young aristocrat in her room and banished from the house, but Anwyn found further employment in a variety of houses, working above and below stairs However, she found her niche in the jolly working class atmosphere of the capital city s pubs London between the wars and during the Blitz is richly evoked and, despite all her hardships, Anwyn never asks for the readers sympathy.

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    1. I really enjoyed this book, but the 3 stars relates to how much of the memoir was about Welsh history. Not that welsh history isn't interesting because of course it is, but I picked the book up because I wanted an account of a lady's maid and to find out some gossip about upstairs and downstairs in Belgravia. There was plenty of this, and I found it fascinating (although I feel there was a LOT of artistic license given) but there were also massive parts about Anwyn's mining village home that dra [...]

    2. While the first few chapters go along at a 'normal' speed after a while the books just gets faster and faster through time. That said this book was rather enjoyable and i finished it in two sittings.

    3. Three and a half stars. The first quarter or so of this book had me wondering if I would finish it, and also wondering if the author was Margaret Powell in disguise, given the same resentment of the people she worked for "not deserving" what they had. The book could have used a good editor, as the description of her childhood in a poverty-stricken mining town of early 20th century Wales is first given in its chronological place, and then for some reason repeated when she is discussing her first [...]

    4. A remarkable story told by Anwyn Moyle about her life as a scullery maid. I read this in two days. I Couldn't put it down. Anwyn told her story of courage,bravery and a little adventure. She was born in my part of the world, so I understood the Welsh bits that were dotted through out this book. A very lovely story. Having read other reviews about whether or not this is a tale of fiction or fact, to me it is irrelevant.It seems to me that it could well be a mix of both but the story was still cap [...]

    5. I've downgraded my review, as on reflection I agree with some other commenters that a lot of this book is fictional.

    6. This is a great book, showing not just the hardship of life in service and the bleak life in Wales the maid left. Anwyn was extremely bright and made every use of her opportunities so she rose from scullery maid - the worst job - to lady's maid in one go. She was self-taught in the skills of lady's maid as she had worked in a hat shop and read the women's glossy magazines. She also learned all kinds of cooking and was able to do general housemaid and cook for two eccentric bachelor restaurant ow [...]

    7. I read this book in one gulp (off sick one day). It was such a treat. Fascinating details about real life 'below stairs' in the 1930s. Also, a rare, honest voice from a woman who had a great sense of self despite her status as a servant.

    8. Loved this book. Anwyn was a remarkable woman, and the fact she leaves this book as her legacy makes her story even more poignant. Her children must be bursting with pride .

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