Unimpressed by the world of debutante balls, Monica Dickens shocked her family by getting a job. With no experience whatsoever, she gained employment as a cook-general. Monica's cooking and cleaning skills left much to be desired, and her first few positions were short lived, but soon she started to hold her own.
Monica discovered the pleasure of daily banter with the milkman and grocer's boy, and the joy of doing an honest day's work, all the while keeping a wry eye on the childish pique of her employers. One Pair of Hands is a fascinating and thoroughly entertaining memoir of life upstairs and downstairs in the early 1930s.
©1939 Monica Dickens (P)2014 Soundings
and liked it, so thought I'd try the audio edition this time. Carole Boyd was a perfect fit as narrator, truly enhancing my enjoyment of the story!
"Different times & different attitudes"
An insight into a a world that we hope no longer exists
I wasn't sure at first but once she got into her stride she did a good job
I didn't find anything moving,it's not that kind of book
It had a vein of patronising the servant class in it I thought,rich girl from good family slumming it while at the same time doing someone who may have actuall needed work out of a job.Nevertheless it was entertaining.
No I wouldn't recommend it. There was no storyline to the novel at all. It was just a series of jobs that the main character took on. She had no friends, family, relationships and no personality whatsoever. However, it was quite amusing in parts.
Made something happen???
The narrator was very good. She was good at doing different voices and accents. She did very well considering. However, the main character in the book was supposed to be in her mid 20's and the narrators voice sounded a lot older than that. Apart from that, I could listen to her narrating another book.
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