*** Minding the Manor by Mollie Moran


Minding the Manor: The Memoir of a 1930s English Kitchen Maid is the true story of the six years the author spent as a scullery maid rapidly rising to cook, “downstairs”. Written by a near-centenarian in a plain, sometimes awkward style, it’s a delightful and insightful account of what it’s like to be 14, away from home for the first time, and working 14+ hours a day, or 20 and responsible for feeding scores of adults and children for three very complex meals, everyday. There’s lots of kindness for past employers and workmates (less for others!) and vivid memories of a score of characters.

An excellent personal view of the descriptions in Servants.

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