“If you love Downton, this is right up your street!” —Closer
“A lovely story” —Daily Mail
“This evocative memoir… provides a fascinating insight into a world that has long since disappeared”
“A vivid, entertaining and human glimpse into life in service during the 1930s complete with recipes, tips and photos.” —My Weekly
“Lively, evocative and wonderfully perceptive and intelligent memoir. . . . Her amazing and inspirational story is one that should not be missed. . . . ” —The Blackpool Gazette
“A fascinating insight into the vanished world of household drudgery and high times before the outbreak of the second world war.” —Scunthorpe Telegraph
Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press, is proud to announce the January 7, 2014, release of MINDING THE MANOR: The Memoir of a 1930s English Kitchen Maid, by Mollie Moran (978-0-7627-9683-0; $18.95 paperback), the charming true story of an English girl’s adventures while in domestic service for the upper class.
Born in 1916 in Norfolk, Mollie Moran is one of the few people still alive today who can recall working “downstairs” in the golden years of the early 1930’s before the outbreak of WWII. 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 Knighsbridge and a Tudor manor in Norfolk.
Even though Mollie’s days were long and grueling and included endless tasks, such as polishing doorknobs, scrubbing steps, and helping with all of the food prep in the kitchen, she 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 became fast friends with the kitchen maid Flo, dated a sweet farmhand, and became secretly involved with a brooding, temperamental footman. Molly eventually rose to kitchen maid for Lord Islington and then cook for the Earl of Leicester’s niece at the magnificent Wallington Hall.
Until her death at the age of 97 in April of 2014, Mollie lived by the seafront in Bournemouth, England, where she regularly hosted Scrabble parties and cooked for up to twenty-five people.
For more information, contact Laurie Kenney: firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-458-4555.