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June 9, 2018

For E.M. Delafield, on her birthday



Another book to celebrate another day from our friend Jane's Birthday Book of Underappreciated Lady Authors.  I bought my copy {it's a reprint of  this edition, but I like this cover much better} on my one-and-only trip to London seventeen years ago and have been wanting desperately to read it ever since.  That sounds somehow like something that would happen to the Provincial Lady, so it's very appropriate. :)

As almost everyone else knows, it's delightful {I loved her interactions with Lady Boxe and Miss Pankerton}, which is what I had hoped for, and more of a kind of book that always just makes me happy.  I'm looking forward to the other volumes ... and to a book mentioned in the introduction to the edition that I read (but more on that later).  I was also reminded that E.M. Delafield wrote several other, very different novels before writing these sketches.  I've read and can join in recommending Thank Heaven Fasting (which I had confused, until I looked it up, with Consequences, but that's very understandable), and The Way Things Are, in one of these lovely Virago editions, is on my shelf, and hopefully won't be waiting as long.


The Diary of a Provincial Lady, by E.M. Delafield
Originally published in  1930
From my bookshelf

1 comment:

JaneGS said...

My sister has been after me to read this for years! It does sound delightful--a quiet comfort read, I think. Great review :)

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