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The Secret Diary of Sarah Thomas: A Victorian Lady, 1860-1865 Hardcover – 1 Jun 1994


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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell; 1st edition (1 Jun. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0900075384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0900075384
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 13.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Barnes on 4 Feb. 2009
Format: Paperback
These real diaries take you to the heart of the Cotswolds (Fairford), to glimpses of nineteenth-century life as experienced by a young woman of upper-middle class society in a small provincial community. The daughter of a Baptist minister, Sarah Thomas was 37 years old when she began keeping her diaries. Unmarried, and left in charge of the household following the death of both of her parents, she also undertook the care of her younger, frequently ill, sister.

Sarah's diaries are intensely personal, obviously intended for her personal benefit only, and this confessional style makes them really accessible to read. The reader truly has access to Sarah's most private thoughts. The most harrowing and amusing of these are her musings upon which of her suitors to accept in marriage! A really interesting insight, especially into the woman's role in the home, and marriage, in this period.
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I was recommended this book as part of some research into 19th century non-conformist female spirituality. The 'secret diary' gives insight into this and much more. It was not written for an audience, but as a record of events, together with her own reflections and honest thoughts. So you get a very real picture of Sarah, her faith, and her reactions to all that went on around her, as well as her very personal inner conflicts and joys. Well worth reading.
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By methecat&him on 30 Dec. 2014
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a lovely read, glad I discovered it
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By Richildis1 on 15 Mar. 2015
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Very interesting
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful By dotty doo on 16 Feb. 2010
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read it but was did not find it interesting maybe because it was to personal
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