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Diary of a Provincial Lady 1984 by Delafield, E.M. 0860685225

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ISBN-10: 0860685225
Format: Trade Paper, Book ISBN-13: 9780860685227
Publication Year: 1984 Author: E.M. Delafield
Language: English ISBN: 9780860685227

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Behind this rather prim title lies the hilarious fictional diary of a disaster-prone lady of the 1930s, and her attempts to keep her somewhat ramshackle household from falling into chaos: there's her husband Robert, who, when he's not snoozing behind The Times, does everything with grumbling recluctance; her gleefully troublesome children; and a succession of tricky sevants who invariably seem to gain the upper hand. And if her domestic trials are not enough, she must keep up appearances. Particularly with the maddeningly patronising Lady Boxe, whom our Provincial Lady eternally (and unsuccessfully) tries to compete with.

The Provincial Lady has a nice house, a nice husband (usually asleep behind The Times), and nice children. In fact, maintaining Niceness is the Provincial Lady's goal in life--her raison d'etre. She never raises her voice, rarely ventures outside Devon (why would she?), only occasionally allows herself to become vexed by the ongoing servant problem, and would be truly appalled by the confessional mode that has gripped the late 20th century. The Provincial Lady, after all, is part of what made Britain great.

The goal of the provincial lady is to maintain 'niceness', whether it be in the home, relationships or personal behaviour. 'The Diary of a Provincial Lady' first published in the 1930s is a witty celebration of the suburban British housewife.

These highly acclaimed, delightful novels are written in diary form by the Provincial Lady, who lives in a country house with her husband, two children, the children's French governess, Cook and a few assorted helpers. The era of the 1930s is wittily and shrewdly recreated with amusing illustrations.


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ISBN-100860685225
ISBN-139780860685227

Key Details
AuthorE. M. Delafield
Number Of Pages560 pages
SeriesVirago Modern Classics Ser.
FormatPaperback
Publication Date1984-11-01
LanguageEnglish
PublisherLittle, Brown Book Group Limited

Additional Details
Copyright Date1984

Dimensions
Weight16 Oz
Height1.4 In.
Width5 In.
Length7.6 In.

Target Audience
GroupTrade

Classification Method
LC Classification NumberPR6007.E33
Dewey Decimal823.912
Dewey Edition23

Contributors
Introduction byJilly Cooper

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Glorious, simply glorious

I finished the book in one sitting, leaving the children unbathed, dogs unwalked, a husband unfed, and giving alternate cries of joy and recognition throughout

I reread, for the nth time, E. M. Delafield's dry, caustic Diary of a Provincial Lady, and howled with laughter

She converts the small and familiar dullness of life into laughter


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

Title: Diary of a Provincial Lady
Author: Delafield, E.M.
ISBN: 0860685225
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Binding: Paperback
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Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication Date: 1984

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