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The Diary of a Provincial Lady

By: E. M. Delafield
Narrated by: Georgina Sutton
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Summary

'Lady B. stays to tea. (Mem.: Bread-and-butter too thick. Speak to Ethel.) We talk some more about bulbs, the Dutch School of Painting, our Vicar's wife, sciatica, and All Quiet on the Western Front. (Query: is it possible to cultivate the art of conversation when living in the country all the year round?)'

If the question suggests a qualified answer, there is no doubt that the art of diary writing is alive and well and very, very funny in Devonshire in the 1920s. At least in the hands of E. M. Delafield. Though poles apart in many ways, Bridget Jones's Diary could not have existed without her sometimes arch, often lofty, but deeply English upper middle class forbear.

Diary of a Provincial Lady is a classic of its time, revealing the thoughts and concerns of a Lady embedded in family life and the mores of comfortable country life. She has a husband 'raised to the peerage', two children and servants; she is burdened by the superior Lady Boxe, the tiresome vicar's wife and the constant temptation to live beyond her monthly household allowance. But she soldiers on, recording her days with acute observation, wit, self-deprecation and colour.

A balance to the Bloomsbury intensity of the day, this is a classic that has never been out of print and now comes to life in this pitch-perfect reading by Georgina Sutton.

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Loved it!

Great to hear the forerunner of the likes of Bridget Jones etc. wished it was longer!

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Charming!

Witty and charming account of day to day observations.
Preferred the reader on the Radio 4 series myself as this one sounded like they were suffering with a cold as sounded very nasal!
Anyhow, entertaining read.

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A mixed review

The book was interesting and mildly amusing at first but it soon became boring and it was a bit of an endurance test to get to the end.

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Amusing, trifling darling!. Well read dairy of the trivia that fills the life of the provincial lady.

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In league with the finest of its kind

If you like Mapp and Lucia or Cold Comfort Farm this is the book for you! Witty and well written, it does not challenge the brain; perfect period escapism

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Interesting

Growing up in the Fifties, I can recognise the world of the Thirties with its smoking, foxhunting, class distinctions,cold houses, no antibiotics, no welfare state, no NHS. A different world from today.

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Absolute delight!

A joy from start to finish and perfect narration by Georgina Sutton. Can’t wait to listen to the next instalment!

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Never disappoints

Sixth or seventh time of re-visiting Diary of Provincial Lady. ALWAYS a joy from bulbs to Lady B's party. Our Vicar's Wife my favourite character in literature. WELL worth A Read.

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Excellent Reading of my favourite book.

Recommend without any hesitation. Really hope the rest of the series and radio adaptation are soon available.

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A brilliantly performed version

I have loved this book since I discovered it. At last a worthy audio version. It is still universally funny, even in our egalitarian world.

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