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The Provincial Lady in War-Time [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

E M Delafield; Illustrator-Illingworth
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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan & Co., London; First Edition edition (1940)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000WVJC6U
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,469,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Having read all the Provincial Lady novels in succession this is my favourite. It gives a fascinating account of English life at the beginning of the war. It captures the anxiety as well as the frustration as characters wait for the war to beginning affecting their lives. Its a very funny but also informative novel that deserves to be more widely read.
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Reflects the shallow middle-class society on 1930s – good to be reminded of how shallow it was so it doesn't get idealised!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Provincial Lady shows her mettle 5 Nov 2003
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War has come to Britain, so the Provincial Lady decides to do her bit, and move to London to find a job to help with the war effort. Unfortunately, everyone else has the same idea, and rather than finding her offer eagerly embraced, she is reducing to trying every contact she has to try and get a position, only to end up volunteering at a canteen. Not to worry, for as usual her diary is written with the wit and verve we have come to expect from this series, and not only are we revisited by regular characters (the awful Lady B has not changed one bit) but also new ones.
It is interesting to read an observation of life in the early years of the war written by someone obviously there, and without her impressions softened by nostalgia. We learn that for every one that pulled together in the spirit of the war, there were just as many annoying and self-serving people as ever. We commiserate, laugh, and sigh with the Provincial lady as she attempts to hold her household, and own life, together in the most testing of times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fine work by a fine author 13 Oct 2009
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I was fortunate to purchase a copy of "A Provincal Lady in Wartime" published in 1940 with the most interesting artwork complimenting the story. There are little drawings on the corners of some pages.

Perhaps the best thing about the story is the adroit sense of humor the author displays. Although some of the meaning of references in the book has been lost due to time and culture, they are a lot of fun to deceiper and add to the favor of the book. I think this book brings to life London on the brink of war and in the light of what happened in later years is a startling contrast. I highly recommend this book to historians of the war years and booklovers in general.
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