The Diary of a Provincial Lady - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)
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The Diary of a Provincial Lady - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Paperback 576 Pages / Published: 01/05/2014
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Elegantly written with divine comic understatement, Delafield’s wry account of the struggles of a 1920s housewife is as light as a feather and exquisitely poised. Enormously influential and endlessly imitated, The Diary of a Provincial Lady endures as a matchless piece of observational comedy.

'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 mould to a petulant cook. But this Provincial Lady will not be defeated; not by wayward flower bulbs, 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 the 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.

Widely regarded as one of the funniest English authors and an heir to Jane Austen, E.M. Delafield was born in Sussex in 1890. She took the name Delafield to distinguish herself from her mother (De la Pasture), also a novelist, and wrote over 30 books which could be 'as laugh-out-loud funny as PG Wodehouse' before her death in 1943.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141191812
Number of pages: 576
Weight: 394 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
I re-read, for the nth time, E.M. Delafield's dry, caustic Diary of a Provincial Lady, and howled with laughter -- India Knight
She converts the small and familiar dullness of life into laughter * The Times *
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 -- Jilly Cooper
A Pooterish masterpiece of 20th-century humour -- Christopher Fowler
In the pages that follow is laid out the best of British womanhood, and you will fall in love with a capable, funny, clever, and never cloying woman ... EM Delafield has provided us with a faithful and funny and lasting record of having it all at a time when the concept was so alien that it didn't even exist -- Rachel Johnson

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