The Remaining Diary of Mary Hardy 1773-1809: Entries 1781-1809 Not Included in the Four-Volume Edition of the Diary Paperback – 30 Apr 2013
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By providing the diary entries omitted from the four-volume set this work gives the reader the full picture. In his warm praise for the full edition Professor G.M. Ditchfield points out that having access to the whole text removes any danger that abridgment will "leave the reader with a possibly unrepresentative selection" (book review, English Historical Review, Feb. 2015, pp. 219-21). The former County Archivist for Surrey fully agrees over the usefulness of The Remaining Diary of Mary Hardy (extract from a review of The Diary volumes, by Maggie Vaughan-Lewis, 17 Aug. 2013): "It has been thought odd by some to have omitted entries of less interest from the first four volumes only to publish them in the fifth. Margaret Bird's explanation is that she felt the duller, repetitive entries would have drowned out the liveliness of the rest. On seeing that these extra entries comprise 44% of the original section from 1781 to 1809 [published in The Diary], I suspect she was right. But I also agree that it would have been wrong to lose such a quantity of the text ... These entries in this extra volume are also a boon to weather historians as Mary never fails to tell us what each day brings." (Journal of the Aylsham Local History Society, Aug. 2013, pp. 294-6).
About the Author
The editor Margaret Bird has been an honorary research fellow in the History department of Royal Holloway, University of London since 2006. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2016. For both her first degree at St Anne's College, Oxford and her master's at Royal Holloway she specialised in aspects of English 18th-century history. She has been continuously engaged since 1988 in researching and editing this work, published in five volumes. She has now brought out not only the full text of this diary but of Mary Hardy's nephew Henry Raven, who as the brewery apprentice lived in the same household. Their unusual diaries together total more than 570,000 words. Four volumes of commentary and analysis will follow, entitled Mary Hardy and her World 1773-1809. In June 2015 Margaret Bird won the award of the British Association for Local History (BALH) for Research and Publication as the overall winner in the long-articles category for her article 'Supplying the beer', first published in The Glaven Historian in 2014. She drew on her Mary Hardy research as the principal source for this study of life on the road in late-18th-century Norfolk.