The Diary of a Provincial Lady: Penguin Classics Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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This Penguin Classic is performed by Kirsty Besterman, an experienced TV and theatre actress known for her leading role as Lady Macbeth in the National Theatre Tour, as well as a number of roles with Shakespeare's Globe and the RSC.
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.
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|Listening Length||22 hours and 5 minutes|
|Author||E. M. Delafield|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||26 September 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 47,187 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
1,370 in Classic Literature
4,101 in Classic Literature & Fiction
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The Diary of a Provincial Lady is a wonderful book, warm and laugh out loud funny. This version though is deplrable
The Provincial Lady deals with domestic disasters, the W.I., a monosyllabic husband, mutinous staff and the bossy and opinionated Lady Boxe. There are struggles with indoor bulbs and financial worries, tales of friends visits and reciprocal trips to see them – including shopping in London and a rash holiday to the South of France. Obviously, many of the issues raised in this book, such as domestic servants and boarding schools, are not relevant to the majority of people now. However, much of this book still feels relevant today – her musings of parenting especially ring true, as do her statements on social snobbery, her opinions about neighbours, worrying about how she looks and feeling left out of discussions about shows she has not seen or books she has not read (even if you could now substitute this for television shows or films).
There are many sequels to this book and I am sure that I will read them, as I enjoyed this very much. I found the Provincial Lady delightful and this a very light and humorous read. If you also like this, I would recommend, “Henrietta’s War,” by Joyce Dennys, which has a similar feel.
Bob (Dr. Bob) ( N.B. NOT Victor Meldrew ! )
Her comments and questions to herself in parenthsis, throughout the book, are like Bridget Jones' notes to self and Miranda Hart's pieces to camera.
This is a wonderfully funny book and also gives a good idea of middle class family life in this period. It is not a book you have to read from start to finish. There is no plot and it is written as a diary. However, I have used it to pick up and dip into in between other books and when I need a lift and it is just perfect!! Not a laugh out loud book but my husband frequently comments on my chuckling as I read it in bed. Recommended.