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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 celebrated in countless private diaries. This delightful treasury gathers together the very finest—from Rev. Gilbert White’s journal of life at his famo
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 14th 2011 by Canongate UK (first published 2009)
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Meg
Sep 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Lovely to dip into and gives a list of the diaries used, with short biographies, and original dates when the entries appeared in the source diaries. However...
Being very interested in the John Evelyn entries, I tracked down an (authoritative) copy of his diary to read, and it appears the author of the country diaries somehow misread the dates he quotes. So for instance, one June date he gives for Evelyn being attacked by footpads was actually in July. A small point, but an annoying one if you wa
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Anwen
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A lovely miscellany. Some entries are inevitably more intesting than others; some diarists are invariably inresting, whilst others are simply vituperative. Some opinions are jarring, some are incredible, all are worth reading. Reassuring to see that the countryside's obsession with weather is not a new thing - and still incomprehensible to those who live in the town...
Kate
May 22, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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Andy
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Anne
Jan 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: diaries
Meh. Not nearly as good as "The Assassin's Cloak"
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