Upstairs Downstairs is the story of the fictional Bellamy family, an upper-class Edwardian family, and their servants.
This book is based on the television series that aired in the 1970's.
Even though I don't recall ever seeing the series, there were no real surprises. Both the Bellamys and their servants were locked rigidly into their class roles. There were inevitable rebellions from both classes, while most accepted their lot without complaint, and some even thrived in that system.
I watched the sequel that aired back in April, and it got me in the mood to read this book. I quite enjoyed it, even though books based on television series or movies are almost never well-written, and this was no exception.