Minding the Manor: The Memoir of a 1930s English Kitchen Maid

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Born in 1916 in Norfolk, Mollie Moran is one of the few people still alive today who can recall working "downstairs" in the golden years of the early 1930's before the outbreak of WWII. She provides a rare and fascinating insight into a world that has long since vanished. Mollie left school at age fourteen and became a scullery maid for a wealthy gentleman with a mansion house in London's Knighsbridge and a Tudor manor in Norfolk. Even though Mollie's days were long and grueling and included endless tasks, such ...
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Overview

Born in 1916 in Norfolk, Mollie Moran is one of the few people still alive today who can recall working "downstairs" in the golden years of the early 1930's before the outbreak of WWII. She provides a rare and fascinating insight into a world that has long since vanished. Mollie left school at age fourteen and became a scullery maid for a wealthy gentleman with a mansion house in London's Knighsbridge and a Tudor manor in Norfolk. Even though Mollie's days were long and grueling and included endless tasks, such as polishing doorknobs, scrubbing steps, and helping with all of the food prep in the kitchen, she enjoyed her freedom and had a rich life. Like any bright-eyed teenager, Mollie also spent her days daydreaming about boys, dresses, and dances. She became fast friends with the kitchen maid Flo, dated a sweet farmhand, and became secretly involved with a brooding, temperamental footman. Molly eventually rose to kitchen maid for Lord Islington and then cook for the Earl of Leicester's niece at the magnificent Wallington Hall.
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Editorial Reviews

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"If you love Downton, this is right up your street!" —Closer "A lovely story" —Daily Mail "This evocative memoir… provides a fascinating insight into a world that has long since disappeared" —The Sun "I was completely absorbed reading Mollie's fascinating life story. " —Bookbag "A vivid, entertaining and human glimpse into life in service during the 1930s complete with recipes, tips and photos. " —My Weekly "Lively, evocative and wonderfully perceptive and intelligent memoir. . . . Her amazing and inspirational story is one that should not be missed. . . . " —Pam Norfolk, The Blackpool Gazette "A fascinating insight into the vanished world of household drudgery and high times before the outbreak of the second world war. " —Nick Cole, Scunthorpe Telegraph
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“If you love Downton, this is right up your street!”Closer

 A lovely storyDaily Mail

 “This evocative memoir… provides a fascinating insight into a world that has long since disappeared” —The Sun

 “I was completely absorbed reading Mollie’s fascinating life story. Bookbag

 “A vivid, entertaining and human glimpse into life in service during the 1930s complete with recipes, tips and photos. My Weekly

 Lively, evocative and wonderfully perceptive and intelligent memoir. . . . Her amazing and inspirational story is one that should not be missed. . . . —Pam Norfolk, The Blackpool Gazette   

 A fascinating insight into the vanished world of household drudgery and high times before the outbreak of the second world war. —Nick Cole, Scunthorpe Telegraph

Library Journal
03/01/2014
In this downstairs memoir, Moran (b. 1916) details her career in service from scullery maid to head cook. At just 14, she left her small town in Norfolk for her first job in London, desperate for big-city life. Mischievous and boy crazy, she suffered mishaps in both work and love, giving readers a relatable tale of a girl growing into womanhood. However, this work can sometimes feel more like a novelization than a personal history. Moran recounts dialog throughout, and while she boasts a healthy memory in her 90s, it is doubtful that she has perfectly recalled every stitch of conversation during her career. For readers who can suspend disbelief, the book holds up as a nostalgic look at adolescence and the gradual breaking down of "upstairs, downstairs" culture in the aftermath of World War II. VERDICT Fans of Downton Abbey who are eager for supplementary material will enjoy this work that evokes the presence of a grandmother who has sat you down to spin tales of the "good old days."—Kate DiGirolomo, Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762796830
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 220,570
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in 1916, Mollie Moran is now ninety-seven and lives by the seafront in Bournemouth. She regularly hosts Scrabble parties and cooks for up to twenty-five people. Mollie grew up in Norfolk, and was sent to London as a scullery maid at the age of 14.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2014

    The English definition of joie de¿vivre


    Mollie Moran has written from generous, spunky heart, and given us a treasure of recollections that help us understand life in England between the first and second World Wars. And she generously shares recipes and cleaning tips as well! She makes us understand how life was before all the technological wizardry and gadgets that are normal life for us. And she gently and courageously describes her own foibles and failings in ways young women today might learn how the more things change, the more they just might stay the same.

    In her tender description of her parents’ struggles after WWI, she personalizes the horrific cost of poison gases borne by so many. Recalling her encounters with the upper classes and royalty, and those who served them, Mollie Moran shows
    us the demise of the class system that so intrigues “Downton Abbey” addicts, and rise of the British resolve that endured five more years of war.

    It’s an easy read – but fruitful – a simple way to make real history really interesting – the essence of good autobiography.

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  • Posted July 26, 2014

    Great read

    I loved the story of Mollie who went from a desperately poor girl with little prospect of anything but a life of poverty to being a maid in a manor house and on up from there. She is lively, happy, spirited and altogether charming. I was so sorry when the book ended. I wish she'd write another.

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  • Posted July 18, 2014

    Downton Abbey in real life!!

    What a great read. Mollie is 90+ years old and her stories of being a maid of the manor are interesting, funny and heart-warming. Loved this book!!

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  • Posted July 18, 2014

    Not necessarily just a chick book

    Interesting, down-to-earth tale of a historical period and genre that "Downton" has installed in our collective consciousness. Writing is enjoyable: clear, not elegant, but that is part of its charm.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2014

    Slow but interesting

    The story tells how history has changed so many things including manners. This woman went from being a servant to having servants.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2014

    Beautiful

    Loved this story. I don't usually do reviews, but this story was so good that I felt the need to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2014

    A good, fast read.

    The servants worked hard to keep their room and board but they also got paid, not much but it would add up since they didn't have any bills to pay. Its sad how worthless the upper classes were that they didn't know how to make their own food or take care of their own kids. It was so weird that if you were upper class you didnt work. It must get boring with nothing to do all day. I guess that's why they would get dressed up to eat dinner every night with just the family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2014

    A must read:

    If you loved Downton Abbey and like to read, this is a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Loved reading this book. Excellent!!!!

    The author is just delightful. I would loved to know her in "real" life. She has a wonderful sense of humor and a "joy" for life. This book is highly recommended. A great historical fiction book about the same time period is "The Partisan" by William Jarvis. Both books deserve A+++++++

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2014

    Excellent

    Wonderful

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

    A great picture of the times

    This book is most interesting, and reflects the period beautifully. Since I am doing memoir it is most helpful

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