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The Provincial Lady


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An abridged edition of E. M. Delafield's Diary of a Provincial Lady and The Provincial Lady Goes Further.

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E. M. Delafield (1890-1943) was born in Sussex. A debutante in 1909, Delafield was accepted as a postulant by a French religious order in 1911 but decided against joining, a topic she explores in her novel Consequences (1919). Delafield worked as a nurse in a Voluntary Aid Detachment following the outbreak of the First World War, and her first novel Zella Sees Herself was written during this time and published in 1917. Diary of a Provincial Lady, her most successful novel, inspired several sequels and is a tongue-in-cheek portrayal of Delafield herself, written after a request by the editor of Time and Tide for some 'light middles' in serial form.


The most amusing diarist who has appeared since Mr. Pooter kept his Diary of a Nobody [by George Grossmith] . . . one of the most delightful pieces of comedy I've read for years * News Chronicle *
Miss Delafield's humour is crisp and unforced . . . every page has an unexpected twist * Daily Mail *
It is a simple domestic chronicle, gloriously funny * Yorkshire Post *

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