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5.0 out of 5 stars She is a delight!
The gentle humour throughout the books together with Delafield's insight into character would be enough to give one great pleasure. But in reading them one learns so much about the time when they are written (Before the War and during the war) and also about "Further Afield" in America and elsewhere. Wonderful books to have on one's kindle to read and re-read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
got fed up with the diary styl after a while.
Published 12 days ago by philomena


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She is a delight!, 2 Feb 2014
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The gentle humour throughout the books together with Delafield's insight into character would be enough to give one great pleasure. But in reading them one learns so much about the time when they are written (Before the War and during the war) and also about "Further Afield" in America and elsewhere. Wonderful books to have on one's kindle to read and re-read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good survivor, 14 Mar 2014
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I first read this about 50 years ago and enjoyed it again now. The Kindle version a bit careless here and there: e.g. dining-room was rendered as "din in groom"! Does no-on subedit these things?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny read, 5 May 2014
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Just finished the first book and starting the second - very funny. I'm looking forward to see how she arrives in Russia and whether a decent cook ever arrives. I suspect not. Would recommend the book; amazing value for 0.77. Kindle presentation pretty good but could do with a bit of tidying up. Did not spoil the book at all.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very amusing observations of domestic life in 1930s, some of which are surprisingly relevant to life nowadays, 24 Feb 2014
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Life as a wife and mother of two young children back in the 1930s is, on the surface, very different to life today - a household filled with servants, methods of communication (writing endless letters to the bank, grocer, fish monger etc). Yet the way EM Delafield described life back then has a lot of similar challenges that still exist today- entertaining children in the school holidays, finding the right time to tackle difficult subjects with her husband, thinking of a suitably clever response to an irritating comment made by an acquaintance five minutes after they leave, juggling money problems.

EM Delafield has a very entertaining way of portraying all the little things that make up daily life in a light hearted and amusing way so the reader empathises and chuckles at the same time. Society, politics and technology may have changed beyond recognition in the 80 odd years since this book was written, but human nature remains reassuringly unchanged.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book if your into this sort of thing., 30 May 2014
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Kerrypickle "KLE" (South Glos England) - See all my reviews
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I have a very battered paperback version of this book, which is much used. Mainly because it a pick up and putdownable book which loses nothing in between readings.
Humorous and ironic in almost equal measures, its description of the life and attitudes of the times makes me wonder about the inverted snobbery of today.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, 13 Jun 2014
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This book sort of plods along, but it is an interesting read, a bit like and "olde worlde" version of Bridgitte Jones' diary!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love these books, 21 Jun 2014
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I've loved these books for years and to be able to have them on my kindle to dip into easily on holiday and other times is great. They are obviously old fashioned but no less amusing for that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious, 17 Jun 2014
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A. O'Loughlin (NIreland) - See all my reviews
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How some people lived pre war ,the exhausting round of calls , coping with cook and governess , the wry coping with one's allowance ... all deftly depicted
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing, 4 Jun 2014
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This was recommended on Radio 4. It was a pleasant read - not much plot but some nice humour. I wasn't entirely convinced by the radio reviewer's claim about underling sadness - it's hard to be too moved by the upper classes having to keep up appearances. This is very much a forerunner ot Bridget Jones and Adrian Mole.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Class and Capability, 1 Jun 2014
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I downloaded this series on the basis that I heard a clip of Imelda Staunton reading the first book on Radio 4, and was immediately hooked. Written in the first person, naturally, you hear the clipped tones of the 'provincial lady' as she introduces a wide cast of characters from the redoubtable Lady Boxe to the marvellous 'Our Vicar's Wife' whilst relating her own adventures in the country, and then further afield in the golden period between the first and second world wars. At times poignant - but often hilarious - and as chintzy as a cup of earl grey tea, this a great way to get a sense of running a household when one is of the middling classes, yet at the end you sense the change that the second world war will bring ...
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