The Diary of a Provincial Lady

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The Diary of a Provincial Lady, by E.M. Delafield.

'January 22nd - Robert startles me at breakfast by asking if my cold - which he has hitherto ignored - is better. I reply that it has gone. Then why, he asks, do I look like that? Feel that life is wholly unendurable, and decide madly to get a new hat'

It's not easy being a Provincial Lady in Devonshire in the 1920s, juggling a grumpy husband, mischievous children and a host of domestic dilemmas - from rice mold to a petulant cook. But this Provincial Lady will not be defeated; not by unexpected houseguests, not even by the Blitz. She will continue to preside over the W.I., endure rain-drenched family picnics and succeed as a published author, all while tending to her strawberries. 

The Diary of a Provincial Lady is a brilliantly observed comic novel, as funny and fresh today as when it was first written.

Penguin fiction, Modern classics edition, First published 1930, this edition published in Penguin Classics c. 2013, 548 pp. Paperback.
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