March 19, 2021

Looking Back - Diary of a Provincial Lady

Looking Back... In an effort to transfer my book journal entries over to this blog, I'm going to attempt to post (in chronological order) an entry every Friday. I may or may not add extra commentary to what I jotted down in these journals.

1999 Prion Books (first published in 1930)
Read in April 2000
Rating: 2/5 (Fair)

Publisher's Blurb:

When Diary of a Provincial Lady was first published in 1930, critics on both sides of the Atlantic greeted it with enthusiasm. This charming, delightful and extremely funny book about daily life in a frugal English household was named by booksellers as the out-of-print novel most deserving of republication. 

This is a gently self-effacing, dry-witted tale of a long-suffering and disaster-prone Devon lady of the 1930s. A story of provincial social pretensions and the daily inanities of domestic life to rival George Grossmith's Diary of a Nobody.

My Original Thoughts (2000):

This was a selection for my online book group and while I thought there were many funny comments or incidents, I thought the book was rather dull. I skimmed the last dozen pages or so, just to be done with it. Tedious.

My Current Thoughts:

My only memory of this book is feeling badly that I didn't enjoy it as much as my online book group friends. 


  1. Oh dear. I have been looking forward to reading this one. But maybe not...

    1. Oh, you never know, Deb. You might love it! Give it a try and let me know. :)

  2. This is one of those reads that I go back to when I feel nostalgic!

    1. Mystica, I wish I enjoyed it that much!

  3. I remember hearing about this one through a book forum where there was a lot of talk about Persephone Books (the publisher that reprints neglected fiction by women). I may check it out one day but I have several other Persephone Books on my shelves so I should probably get to those first!

    1. Iliana, I've been focusing on my shelves a lot this past year. It's quite satisfying to see some space opening up on those shelves since I haven't bought any new books in quite some time. Good luck with your Persephone Books. They're quite lovely, aren't they?

  4. We read that together!! And as so often happened to us, I absolutely loved it. Haha. I found my note about it:
    I read Diary Of A Provincial Lady. I will talk more about it in
    our discussions, but I gave it an A+ in my journal. It was the purest
    pleasure for me while I was reading it. It is much like my own life
    these 70 years later.

    1. Nan, I remember that we read this together! I also remember that you love it. :) I wonder if I would enjoy it more now?


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