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The Country Diaries: A Year in the British Countryside

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A fascinating portrait of country life across the centuries, as told by Britain's greatest diarists

The unique beauty of the British countryside has been celebrated down the ages in music, poetry, and art. It has also been celebratedin countless private diaries. This delightful treasury gathers together the very finest—from Rev. Gilbert White’s journal of life at his famous...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 14th 2011 by Canongate UK (first published 2009)
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I picked this as a purge and antidote to Pride and Prejudice mania - it did the trick, although I was pleased to reach the end today.

A fascinating glimpse into different realities through the ages across the nation. Common themes include a love and awe of the natural world, a fascination with the weather and recording its manifold changes, the constancy of wildlife and landscape despite a contemporary perception that it is changing forever, issues with servants, drunkenness, money, relatives, f...more
400 year's worth of diary entries documenting life in the British countryside
beautiful evocative accounts, showing what has changed and what has not.
interesting to see the common themes over the centuries - neighbours, weather, crops - and to see the individual personalities of the diarists.
Meh. Not nearly as good as "The Assassin's Cloak"
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