‘Aprons and Silverspoons’ ~ a must-read!

papery peep aprons and silverspoons mollie moran 1930s kitchen maid

It’s time to share my #PaperyPeep news for #BringBackPaper with the lovely Jocelyn at The Reading Residence…  and you of course 😉

Last time I shared a bit of history on Puffin Books thanks to some lovely Snail Mail and this time I’m excited to share an utterly brilliant book on the memoirs of 1930’s Kitchen Maid Mollie Moran.


To say that I found this book fascinating is an understatement.  It’s fair to say that I’m intrigued with how people used to live years ago (not all that long ago in this case, in the grand scheme of things).  I love Downton Abbey (though I haven’t seen the whole series, sadly), I love anything and everything Jane Austen related, I love reading/watching well-researched fiction and non-fiction about the class divides and how people used to live.  Way back when I was at school, I have distinct memories of a programme called ‘How We Used to Live’.


This book most certainly did not disappoint.  How times have changed!  Mollie chose to work in domestic service against working in a shop.  The only other option being the Workhouse…  which was most certainly not a good option.  As Moran re-tells, domestic service involved starting at the bottom of the ‘food chain’, literally getting down on hands and needs and scrubbing and scrubbing, and scrubbing some more.  Pretty much from dawn.


While reading this book, I found myself shuddering at the conditions that Moran and her counterparts worked in.  But do you know what really amazed me?  That it was perfectlly acceptable and there was relatively little whinging done out loud.  These people just got on with it… working their fingers to the bone!


Do read the book, it’s a very easy to read and goes really well with a nice hot cup of your favourite brew and a cheeky biscuit 😉

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  1. I’m similarly fascinated, too, though like you, can be shocked by how ‘acceptable’ some people’s conditions were. The Help upset me the most, I think, especially as it was so recent. Thanks very much for sharing this one with #PaperyPeep

  2. What a beautiful little post!! I’m also crazy interested in how people have lived throughout history, and it amazes me what HUGE differences there are even only 100, 200, 300 years ago!
    I’m intrigued by your book, will have to check on Amazon! 🙂

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