As a young girl in the 1970s Catherine would often accompany her Nana on her rounds as a bedmaker (bedder) at one of the largest colleges in Cambridge. The Staircase Girls is her first book and is about the story of her Nana and other working class women who ‘looked after their boys and gentlemen” at the most prestigious colleges in Cambridge. After a career in television Catherine now lives in Cambridgeshire and is currently a teacher of English and Drama at a secondary school in Cambridge. https://www.panmacmillan.com/blogs/history/cambridge-bedders-history-the-staircase-girls For more information please go to: https://www.facebook.com/cambridgebedders/ Announcements and Reviews: The Staircase Girls was at number 10 on the Sunday Times Bestseller list on August 14th. The Sunday Express writer’s choice of the most exciting new biographies and memoirs described it as “both heartwarming and humbling” "This was a serendipitous find. The author explores the lives of several women of distinctly working class backgrounds who worked as cleaners at colleges in Cambridge during themed 20th century. She does not go into the history or background of the service but concentrates on the women who served the students. There is much underlying love and pride in these women and the class background is presented with honesty and tenderness. A wonderful find." (goodreads)Read more Read less
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