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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  8 ratings  ·  2 reviews
The Provincial Lady should lead a charmed, upper-middle class life in her Devonshire village, 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. Delightfully witty, The Provincial Lad ...more
Paperback, Pan 70th Anniversary Edition, 320 pages
Published April 1st 2018 by Pan Macmillan
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Tracey
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An incredibily amusing account of upper-middle class life in 1930. The Provincial lady appears to have it all - yet struggles with social engagements, keeping her staff happy and growing bulbs in the attic. She worries about keeping up appearences, with such characters as the formidable Lady B, Our Vicar's Wife and the man-eating Pamela Pringle. I really enjoyed the relationship with Robert, he was very entertaining as he gave mostly one line replies as curtail his wife's latest plans.
James Tidd
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I certainly agree about the main protagonist in the book being referred to as 'the Bridget Jones of the 1930s.'

This book is an abridged version of E M Delafield's Diary of a Provincial Lady and The Provincial Lady Goes Further. For an abridged version, I enjoyed both of the books and am already looking forward to reading the unabridged versions of Delafield's excellent series.

The two books are in a diary format and are about a lady who is based on herself, her book husband Robert and their two
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Edmée Elizabeth Monica Dashwood, née de la Pasture (9 June 1890 – 2 December 1943), commonly known as E. M. Delafield, was a prolific English author who is best-known for her largely autobiographical Diary of a Provincial Lady, which took the form of a journal of the life of an upper-middle class Englishwoman living mostly in a Devon village of the 1930s, and its sequels in which the Provincial La ...more