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Diary of a Provincial Lady (1930)

de E. M. Delafield

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E. M. Delafield's largely autobiographical novel takes the form of a journal written by an upper-middle-class lady living in a Devonshire village. Written with humour, this charming novel is full of the peculiarities of daily life. The Provincial Lady of the title attempts to avoid disaster and prevent chaos from descending upon her household. But with a husband reluctant to do anything but doze behind The Times, mischievous children and trying servants, it's a challenge keeping up appearances on an inadequate income, particularly in front of the infuriating and haughty Lady Boxe. As witty and delightful today as when it was first published in 1930, Diary of a Provincial Lady is a brilliantly observed comic novel and an acknowledged classic. This beautiful Macmillan Collector's Library edition features an introduction by author and journalist Christina Hardyment.Designed to appeal to the book lover, the Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautiful gift-editions of much loved classic titles. Macmillan Collector's Library are books to love and treasure.… (més)
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    lydiabarr: Austen and Delafield are often compared...both have shrewdly observational sense of humor and an elaborately deadpan style. I love them both.
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    The Diary of a Nobody de George Grossmith (cdoeri)
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    Spam Tomorrow de Verily Anderson (nessreader)
    nessreader: Domestic, uppermiddle class, very English, 1930s delafield, 1940s anderson. Thirkell's barsetshire novels, though more insubstantial, mine tge same vein of humour.
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    The Egg and I de Betty MacDonald (Bjace)
    Bjace: Seems odd, but both Delafield and MacDonald were city gals transplanted to country situations and their reactions and sense of humor were similar.
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Gentle inter-war humour from the English shires (Devon) with beautiful observation of the social hierarchy, and the difficulties of managing life with only a cook, house maid, gardener and au pair for her younger child.
Written for magazine publication as a series of diary entries, this book is enjoyable, but not as timeless as Wodehouse nor as surreal as Cold Comfort Farm, which were written around the same time and in a similar English upper-middle class milieu. It is, however, a very easy to read and more-ish book, making you want just one more day’s diary entry.
Having read a 2005 New Yorker article, The Diarist, about Delafield, on further reflection I can see her characters’ similarities to those of Rose Macaulay, and her creation of the fictional humorous diary genre.

James Mustich in his book 1,000 Books to Read before you Die refers to a 2005 New Yorker article, The Diarist, about Delafield, and as I have access to the archive I looked this up and it is well worth a read if you can. In particular, I had not appreciated that Delafield is credited as creating the genre of the fictional humorous diary (which I associate with Sue Townsend’s Adrian Mole, and which has more recently been used by Helen Fielding).
The Diary was originally published weekly in Time and Tide (a left leaning feminist magazine, which I had previously come across as it published Orwell) and later in Punch. There were three sequels and a travel book, Straw Without Bricks: I Visit Soviet Russia, was renamed The Provincial Lady in Russia for US publication. ( )
  CarltonC | Dec 20, 2021 |
Published in 1930, Diary of a Provincial Lady is a humorous, laugh-out-loud account of a wife and mother in the English countryside. Although this is fiction, it was based on E. M. Delafield's experiences. I first came to this book a couple of years ago and got up to the part in which the lady's husband disposes of some kittens. I couldn't go on with the rest and the husband annoyed me. This time however I was in the mood to enjoy it's merits. She writes in such a way describing everyday situations which is great fun and very amusing.
https://readableword.wordpress.com/2021/05/29/the-diary-of-a-provincial-lady-by-... ( )
  Nicky24 | Oct 27, 2021 |
A gift to ride along for a year with the Provincial Lady. A window into a time gone: household chaos, servant management and turnover, shopping. Masterful use of understatement. One detail I found striking: the way she and other mothers of her class chose to not display parental pride and doting, things that we freely indulge in nowadays. ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
Very funny and lighthearted. ( )
  Chica3000 | Dec 11, 2020 |
Charming, fun, fast read. I kept thinking she could have been Bridget Jones' grandmother, as they have similar money problems, fashion issues, bad hair days and snarky sense of humor! I listened to this on audio and will add it to my audio-books-to listen-to-again list. ( )
  tshrope | Jan 13, 2020 |
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Delafield, E. M.autor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Antón, PatriciaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Beauman, NicolaEpílegautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Borden, MaryPròlegautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Cooper, JillyIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Sutton, GeorginaNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Note: This book, Diary of a Provincial Lady (Prion, 1853753688) (Virago, 1844085228) (Remploy, 0706610342) (Chicago, 0897330536) is NOT the same as the omnibus editions, The Diary of a Provincial Lady (Virago, 0860685225) and The Provincial Lady (Macmillan, pre-ISBN) which contain 4 stories: "Diary of a Provincial Lady"; "The Provincial Lady Goes Further", "The Provincial Lady in War Time"; and, "The Provincial Lady in America".
Please do not combine this work with The Diary of a Provincial Lady (Virago, 0860685225) or The Provincial Lady (Macmillan, pre-ISBN).

17.05.14 All the Virago editions are omnibus editions as are some of the other recent editions. They have already been mixed up.
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E. M. Delafield's largely autobiographical novel takes the form of a journal written by an upper-middle-class lady living in a Devonshire village. Written with humour, this charming novel is full of the peculiarities of daily life. The Provincial Lady of the title attempts to avoid disaster and prevent chaos from descending upon her household. But with a husband reluctant to do anything but doze behind The Times, mischievous children and trying servants, it's a challenge keeping up appearances on an inadequate income, particularly in front of the infuriating and haughty Lady Boxe. As witty and delightful today as when it was first published in 1930, Diary of a Provincial Lady is a brilliantly observed comic novel and an acknowledged classic. This beautiful Macmillan Collector's Library edition features an introduction by author and journalist Christina Hardyment.Designed to appeal to the book lover, the Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautiful gift-editions of much loved classic titles. Macmillan Collector's Library are books to love and treasure.

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