Mollie Moran is one of the few people alive today who can recall working "downstairs" in the early 1930s before the outbreak of World War II. In Minding the Manor, 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 Knightsbridge and a Tudor manor in Norfolk. Even though her days were long and grueling and included such endless tasks as polishing doorknobs, scrubbing steps, and helping with all of the food prep in the kitchen, Mollie 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 cherished her friendship with Flo, the kitchen maid, dated a sweet farmhand, and became secretly involved with a brooding and temperamental footman. Molly eventually rose to kitchen maid and then became cook for the Earl of Leicester's niece at the magnificent Wallington Hall.
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If you love Downton, this is right up your street! (Closer)
I liked having it read to me - the narrator did a great job of convincing me she was Mollie!
I liked Mollie's spunk and her sense of adventure. I also enjoyed the ability to understand the daily routines of the downstairs staff in the 1930s.
She had an accent - I don't know British accents so I assume to be fairly authentic one - but nonetheless made the book entertaining and convincing.
I am so glad that Mollie wrote this memoir so as to not loose this this sort of history.
This book was one of the best books I've listened to. Loved the story and Molly's adventures. The narrator was also top-notch. I will be listening to other books she's narrated.
Narrator brought it all to life making me feel part of Ms. Moran's history. I could vividly picture the scenes in the scullery, kitchen, her mother's cottage but most of all smell the aroma of baked goods. I just loved it!!
Will Mollie's accounts of working for the gentry reveal any new information for those who have already read other books on the subject? No, probably not. But I got such a pleasure from listening to her own memories unique to her and the stories of a young woman from a different time. The narrator was excellent, as if you really stumbled upon old Mollie Moran while working at a nursing home and got to hear her gem of a tale.
12 n \\\\ Born and grew up in Scotland. No species of book I do not love. Favorite genre History, thrillers, biography, memoirs etc
More relaxing than many. A simple story told by a lady I would love to meet.
Molly, she captures from the start
Molly riiding her bike in a ballgown
The moment in which her Dad died
A simple pleasant experience. It relaxed me and brought back many memories.
One of the best, in my opinion.
Similar to Upstairs at the White House in some ways, different in others.
All of them, Vita did a grand job voicing all the characters.
A must-have for history buffs.
A great listen. High school aged kids should listen and write a reflection on this. It would be hard to imagine kids today entering domestic service.
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