By Noor Javed
For most of us, the domestic servant seems a relic of a bygone era, a concept confined to history, historical fiction and the imaginings of popular culture. But, in fact, the butler is back, and he – or she – is in ever-increasing demand as the ranks of the super-rich skyrocket. The job is much more fluid now than it used to be – butlers may have managerial roles or be required to cook and clean – and can be much better-paying. In The Butler Did It: Why Personal Service Is Back in Vogue, award-winning Toronto Star writer Noor Javed explores who wants to be a butler (many are older, even middle-aged), what it's like to do the job (flexibility is everything) and how the work is evolving (“I’ll get back to you on my iPhone, sir”).

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