Another Historical Fiction book that I will be mentioning on this blog on one of the windiest days of 2016 so far. My room has done nothing but shake and howl all day and since most of yesterday too. All periods of History interest me but it was this one particular book that really answered a few questions that I had had left unanswered. Aprons and Sliver Spoons is a memoir written by Mollie Moran at the age of 96 years old. With the help of the publishers Penguin, she was able to tell her story before it was too late. Being born in 1916, she was just 14 years old when she left her home county of Norfolk and became a kitchen maid in a townhouse in London. It is there that she experiences many life changing things including meeting her best friend Flo and flirting with the boys that worked in Harrods.
In Aprons and Sliver Spoons, Mollie talks about her experiences before she moved to London, during the time that she was working in London and the various job roles that she had afterwards during the Second World War. Through reading her words, you really get to experience the sort of life that she lived through meeting people including her future husband. The extra additions of real recipes and household tips from the 1930s kitchen really made the story feel more historical as I learnt more about their lifestyle and way of living.
I would have loved to have met Mollie but sadly, she passed away within the last few years but thank goodness that her story was able to have been told before it was too late. Mollie’s friend Flo also wrote a book about her own experiences but I have yet to read it. Perhaps when I add to my already overflowing book collection, that might be one of the next ones to get and read.
There are also photos inside the book of Mollie and various people/events that she mentions within the book.