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

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

by Mollie Moran
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Minding the Manor: The Memoir of a 1930s English Kitchen Maid 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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AJae More than 1 year ago
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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atlantabooklover More than 1 year ago
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!!
WCabogado More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story. I don't usually do reviews, but this story was so good that I felt the need to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you loved Downton Abbey and like to read, this is a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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+++++++
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful
jms41 More than 1 year ago
This book is most interesting, and reflects the period beautifully. Since I am doing memoir it is most helpful
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story tells how history has changed so many things including manners. This woman went from being a servant to having servants.