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The Last Footman, Paperback / softback Book

The Last Footman Paperback / softback


In the summer of 1964, twenty-one-year-old Gillies MacBain arrives in Dublin off the ferry from England with only his bicycle, a suitcase and a tent to his name.

Young, handsome and charismatic, he begins work as a footman in one of the houses of the `dying aristocracy'.

Thus begins his foray into the upper echelons of Irish society. The Adventures of an Irish Footman is an irresistible narrative which describes a fading part of Irish society that MacBain subverts with wry humour.

MacBain finds himself in a precarious niche: the borderland in between `upstairs' and `downstairs'.

Here, he rubs shoulders with a cast of characters from the bohemian socialites to the chancer `Sketchly' and the hippes with their dewy-eyed `morals'.

MacBain's memoirs run the gamut of Irish social classes, from his friendship with County Monaghan small farmers and tenants, to working with a dubious cast of actors and producers on a film set at Castle Leslie, to eventually marrying into the circle of the `idle rich'. An irresistible story told by a charming storyteller, this memoir sheds light on an era of Irish domestic industry, and Irish social history, that has all but been forgotten.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The Lilliput Press Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Memoirs
  • ISBN: 9781843517658



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