Christine Robinson was the Head Housekeeper at Chatsworth House for 40 years. On retirement in 2015, she wrote of the fascinating life she had experienced, in Chatsworth, The Housekeeper’s Tale (published by Bannister Publications at £14.99,  Hardback 242pp. ISBN 978-1-909813-06-9). It was an almighty hit!

Christine’s second book was published by Bannister Publications in 2017, again to enthusiastic readers. Christine writes:

“My second book was originally intended to be just a book of household hints and tips, but when I took Bill Bryson’s excellent book, At Home, as my first reference point and began to put the tips in context, I soon realised that the history of the homes we live in is fascinating. The Housekeeper’s Tips, Tales and Tipples explores the history surrounding everyday objects, and reveals more of Chatsworth’s hidden stories from my 40 years’ experience of working at one of the best-loved houses in the land. The care of the precious objects at Chatsworth has been my life’s work, and so I am pleased to share some of the tips I have gleaned along the way, together with an invitation to concoct a tipple (non-alcoholic and otherwise), and raise a glass to all of those who share the responsibility of turning a house into a home. Amanda, Duchess of Devonshire has kindly written a foreword to the book, Janet Bitton has once again provided amusing line drawings, and the book is also illustrated with 59 photographs.”

Ivan Day, Food Historian and TV Presenter commented, “A riveting account of one of Britain’s most important historic houses, with a wealth of invaluable domestic tips for the modern home.”

The book is available in hardback at £12.99, from the author at