Cocoa At Midnight
An insightful and endearing memoir of a life lived in service as a housekeeper at a stately home Kathleen Clifford was born in 1909. Her family lived in a tiny flat near Paddington Station and her earliest memories were of the smell of horses and the shrill whistle of steam trains. For a girl... show more
An insightful and endearing memoir of a life lived in service as a housekeeper at a stately home Kathleen Clifford was born in 1909. Her family lived in a tiny flat near Paddington Station and her earliest memories were of the smell of horses and the shrill whistle of steam trains. For a girl from the slums there was really only one option once school was over—a life in service. She started work in 1925 as a lowly kitchen maid in the London home of Lady Diana Spencer's family. Here she heard tales of the Earl's propensity for setting fire to himself, as well as enjoying the servants' gossip about who was sleeping with whom. The Spencers were just the first in a line of eccentric families for whom she worked during a career that lasted more than 30 years and took her from a London palace to remote medieval estates. But despite long hours, amorous butlers, and mad employers, Kathleen always kept her sense of humor and knew how to have fun. On one occasion she was almost caught in bed with her boyfriend who had to jump out of the window and run down the drive in his underwear to escape the local police.
Publish date: April 11th 2013
Pages no: 268
Edition language: English
Cocoa at Midnight by Kathleen Clifford and Tom Quinn is an easy to read memoir of what it is like to live a life of service from the age of 15 to past retirement. Clifford discusses what it's like to have limited time with her own family, which proves sometimes difficult when you lose track of an el...
Cocoa at Midnight, which I won as a Goodreads giveaway, is the true story of Kathleen Clifford's life "in service" in mid-twentieth century Great Britain. It is part of the series The Life of Servants.Written in Ms. Clifford's own voice, her memoir of the "downstairs" life sheds light on the strange...