Aprons and Silver Spoons : The Heartwarming Memoirs of a 1930s Scullery Maid, Paperback

Aprons and Silver Spoons : The Heartwarming Memoirs of a 1930s Scullery Maid Paperback

5 out of 5 (1 rating)


If you liked Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs, it's time to discover the reality in the true story Aprons and Silver Spoons by Mollie Moran. "If you love Downton, this is right up your street!" (Closer). "This evocative memoir ...provides a fascinating insight into a world that has long since disappeared". (The Sun). When young Mollie became a 'skivvy' in a stately London townhouse aged just 14, she quickly learned that a large amount of elbow grease and a sense of humour would be tantamount to surviving there.

Through Mollie's eyes we are offered a fascinating glimpse into London's invisible 'downstairs', a world that has long-since vanished: cooking huge roast dinners, polishing doorknobs, scrubbing steps - and covering up her employers' scandals.

Going to dances with her fellow servants and flirting with Harrods' errand boys, she had no idea that the oncoming war in 1939 would change her world, and that of those she served, forever...Discover the real hardships and rewards for a pre-war domestic servant in Mollie Moran's charming memoir Aprons and Silver Spoons. Mollie Moran is now ninety-six, living in Bournemouth where she still continues to demonstrate her skills in the kitchen by hosting huge dinner parties.

Over eighty years after starting as a scullery maid in London, she still keeps in touch with Flo, the kitchen maid, and her life-long friend.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Memoirs
  • ISBN: 9780718159993



Free Home Delivery

on all orders

Pick up orders

from local bookshops


Showing 1 - 1 of 1 reviews.

Review by

A peek into the life of Mollie Brown, who at the age of 96 has written about her life as a lowly scullery maid, when at the tender age of 14 she bagan her working life in a fine house in Cadogan Square in London of the 1930's. In a time when nothing was easy and the life of a scullery maid, the lowest of the low entails lots of spit and polish and buckets and buckets of elbow grease!A wonderful heartwarming story from a woman full of life, with a real story to tell.I loved it.

Also by Mollie Moran