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The Queen n Mother and 'Backstairs Billy' - Coventry-born butler William Tallon
And in the patriotic adventure romp, The 39 Steps, John Buchan writes: "The Jew is everywhere now, but you have to go far down the backstairs to find him...
Mr Brown remains Prime Minister but his hands are tied when even senior figures in his own government are scurrying around offering backstairs deals.
He is very good at the detail of bureaucracy: the agendas, the papers, the job descriptions, the formal speeches at meetings and the backstairs stitch-ups.
The Guardian newspaper said Mantel "persuasively depicts this beefy pen-pusher and backstairs maneuverer as one of the most appealing -- and, in his own way, enlightened -- characters of the period." The Times of London called "Wolf Hall" a "wonderful and intelligently imagined retelling of a familiar tale from an unfamiliar angle -- one that makes the drama unfolding nearly five centuries ago look new again, and shocking again, too."
One prominent homosexual member of her staff was her servant the late William Tallon, who was Page of the Backstairs and known as Backstairs Billy.
Mr Warner specialised in items collectors tended to ignore, including beds, backstairs furniture and medieval curios.
"He tried going up the backstairs to try and get in the house, but the kitchen was engulfed in smoke and flames and he couldn't get up," O'Leary said.
The collection had been amassed by the late William Tallon, known as Backstairs Billy for his role as Page of the Backstairs.
"Memoirs," the English poet George Meredith once wrote, "are the backstairs of history." They invite us to prowl behind the facade of bygone events, to peer into the hitherto dark recesses of human motivation.
The result is a compendium of occurrences and facts sometimes only tenuously related to wine that together offer a backstairs view of a great man.
Implicitly, we are all encouraged to follow a moral consciousness that is at home equally with Ruskin, Morris, and Blake as with, as Bellow describes it in Herzog, "Chicago: massive, clumsy, amorphous, smelling of mud and decay, dog turds; sooty facades, slabs of structural nothing, senselessly ornamented triple porches with huge cement urns for flowers that contained only rotten cigarette butts and other stained filth; sun parlors under tiled gables, rank areaways, gray backstairs, seamed and ruptured concrete from which sprang grass; ponderous four-by-four fences that sheltered growing weeds." Yet, explicitly, he denies that women are capable of understanding the mind he invites everyone to enjoy.