At just 14, Mollie Moran left the Norfolk countryside to take up a position in the kitchens of a stately London townhouse. Getting through the endless chores, sneaking out with her best friend Flo the kitchen maid to go dancing at night, and flirting with Alan the footman and Harrods errand boys, Mollie quickly rose through the ranks.
We see the “upstairs, downstairs” world through Mollie’s eyes: the politics and scandals, the friendships and secret liaisons, the many comings and goings. But soon the war would change Mollie’s world, and that of those she served, for ever.
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A Tale of how it was
Absolutely, I thoroughly enjoyed it, it reminded me of stories my Grandparents used to tell of their youth.
It had to be Molly, so unassuming, hard working and appreciative. Never grumbling, just geting on with what was expected of her.
I liked the way she portrayed the characters, she made them seem real
Not extreme, no, but enjoyed it enormously
I will certainly read (listen) to it again and probably remind my Grandchildren and Great
Grandchildren how great they have it today
- Rosemary "Retired teacher then social worker living in Spain.. have three grown up children 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren."
Oh yes! I love Nicolette McKenzie's narration; she can read a phone book and make it interesting. She didn't try tons of accents, but just read this wonderful memoir straight-up, and its simplicity is part of its charm.
mollie, obviously, and Flo.
With the popularization of such TV series as Downton Abbey, this book is so important as to outline some of the good and bad things about domestic service. It neither sugarcoats the hard work nor exaggerates some of the bad things that could and did happen; Friendships were born, flourished, and some continued and some died; infatuation bloomed in close quarters; superiors were demanding... but years of wisdom have seasoned Mollie's recollections and made this memoir a fantastic and worthwhile read, a throwback to a time when America was gripped in the Great Depression while events conspired for England to go to war.