Sunday, September 11, 2011

Ten of the best housekeepers in literature

At the Guardian, John Mullan named ten of the best housekeepers in literature.

One housekeeper on the list:
May Maxwell

After a hard stint of killing and womanising, James Bond can return to his Chelsea pad to be tended by his elderly, soft-spoken housekeeper. In Ian Fleming's From Russia With Love we find out all about the delicious breakfasts she prepares for him, complete with "speckled brown eggs from French Marans hens" supplied by a friend.
Read about the other entries on the list.

From Russia with Love also made John Mullan's lists of ten of the best chess games in fiction, ten of the best punch-ups in fiction, and ten of the best breakfasts in literature, and a list of eleven presidents' favorite books. It is on Keith Jeffery's five best list of books on Britain's Secret Service and Samuel Muston's ten best list of spy novels.

--Marshal Zeringue