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Dishing the Dirt by Nick Duerden review – the hidden lives of house cleaners

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An entrepreneur, an exploited migrant, a mother who feels liberated ironing naked … meet the cleaners who work in households across London Nick Duerden sets out to discover what it is like to clean houses for a living by talking to migrant workers who service the homes of contemporary Londoners. His eclectic cast of informants belong to this transitory workforce, men and women (but mostly women) who “hold the key to our real identities, to the people we really are, behind closed doors”. The result is an elegant portrait of the strained intimacies that grow up between cleaner and employer in 21st-century Britain.
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