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One Pair Of Hands

(1937)
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What does a young, well-off English woman do with herself when she's thrown out of acting school and is tired of being a debutante? Well, if you're Monica Dickens, you become a cook. She makes the plunge to a life "below the stairs," confident in her abilities to be a cook because she once took a course in French cuisine. She quickly learns the difference between school learning and real life. Scalded milk, dropped roasts, and fallen souffles plague her in her domestic career, but she perseveres. What makes this book so delightful is the sense of humor and drama Monica Dickens brings to her work. From dressing up for job interviews in a "supporting-a-widowed-mum look" to eavesdropping on dinner guests, she tackles her work with an enthusiasm for discovery. To her descriptions of battles with crazy scullery maids, abusive employers, and unwieldy custards, she brings a humorous and pointed commentary about the delicate and ongoing war between the wealthy and their servants. Written in 1939, this true-life experience reveals a writer who wasted no opportunity to explore daily lives and dramas. Her keen eye for detail, youthful resilience, and sense of the absurd make One Pair of Hands a deliciously inside look at the households of the British upper-class.

 
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Hardback Editions

April 2012 : UK Hardback
Title: One Pair of Hands
Author(s): Monica Dickens
ISBN: 1-4458-8786-X / 978-1-4458-8786-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Windsor
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November 1994 : UK Hardback
Title: One Pair of Hands
Author(s): Monica Dickens
ISBN: 0-7451-2304-X / 978-0-7451-2304-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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June 1972 : UK Hardback
Title: One Pair of Hands
Author(s): Monica Dickens
ISBN: 0-434-19213-9 / 978-0-434-19213-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd
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April 1965 : UK Hardback
Title: One Pair of Hands
Author(s): Monica Dickens
ISBN: 0-85456-800-X / 978-0-85456-800-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd
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Paperback Editions

September 2012 : UK Paperback
Title: One Pair of Hands
Author(s): Monica Dickens
ISBN: 1-4458-8787-8 / 978-1-4458-8787-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Paragon
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September 2011 : UK Paperback
Title: One Pair of Hands: From Upstairs to Downstairs, in this charming 1930s memoir
Author(s): Monica Dickens
ISBN: 0-09-194468-6 / 978-0-09-194468-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ebury Press
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July 1988 : USA Paperback
Title: One Pair of Hands
Author(s): Monica Dickens
ISBN: 0-89733-304-7 / 978-0-89733-304-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
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June 1995 : UK Paperback
Title: One Pair of Hands
Author(s): Monica Dickens
ISBN: 0-7451-2600-6 / 978-0-7451-2600-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Press
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October 1994 : USA Paperback
Title: One Pair of Hands
Author(s): Monica Dickens
ISBN: 0-7862-0249-1 / 978-0-7862-0249-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Pr
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January 1961 : UK Paperback
Title: One Pair of Hands
Author(s): Monica Dickens
ISBN: 0-14-001535-3 / 978-0-14-001535-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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Audio Editions

May 2014 : UK Audio Cassette
Title: One Pair of Hands
Author(s): Monica Dickens
ISBN: 1-4079-4918-7 / 978-1-4079-4918-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Audio Books
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May 2014 : UK Audio CD
Title: One Pair of Hands
Author(s): Monica Dickens
ISBN: 1-4079-4919-5 / 978-1-4079-4919-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Audio Books
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May 2014 : UK MP3 CD
Title: One Pair of Hands
Author(s): Monica Dickens
ISBN: 1-4079-4920-9 / 978-1-4079-4920-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Audio Books
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May 2014 : USA Audio edition
Title: One Pair of Hands
Author(s): Monica Dickens
Publisher: Soundings
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May 2014 : UK Audio edition
Title: One Pair of Hands
Author(s): Monica Dickens
Publisher: Soundings
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October 1994 : UK Audio Cassette
Title: One Pair of Hands: Complete & Unabridged
Author(s): Monica Dickens
ISBN: 1-85089-789-1 / 978-1-85089-789-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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November 1985 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: One Pair of Hands
Author(s): Monica Dickens
ISBN: 0-8161-9887-X / 978-0-8161-9887-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: G K Hall Audio Books
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