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The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady Paperback – 1 Dec 1982
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About the Author
Edith Holden's diary was written to encourage her pupils at Solihull School to learn about nature. After Edith's death, the book passed down through her husband's family until it came into the possession of her great-niece Rowena Stott. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Holden divided the journal by the twelve months of the year, recording the weather and wildlife around her. The illustrations are beautiful watercolours of plants, birds, mammals and butterflies, punctuated by the equally beautiful poetry of Byron, Browning, Wordsworth and Tennyson. Holden's non-cursive handwriting is easy to read.
Although this book sparked an extraordinary, nostalgic boom in everything rural and Edwardian, Holden was a suburban socialist, rather than the genteel lady you expect her to be. If you want to read about Holden's life, Ina Taylor has written the standard biography.
has an almost new book at a very good price. This woman's observations on the natural environment around her are certainly of
a kind that one never sees today because the nature which she describes and lives in has almost vanished from the life of the
present day citizen. In addition to this she was artistically talented and was able to portray that which she saw and felt in a set of
lovely paintings and sketches.
It has inspired me to attempt my own version in a plain-paper notebook. I am looking at historic events for each day of the year - done one week at a time! I quote the daily meditations for Saturday and Sunday from the Meditation Society of Australia - with a bible verse I have read on each day. Finally each week I attempt one of the illustrations as given in the original book. At the end of each month (only January thus far) I have summarised the weather data from Saturday's newspaper.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nothing can be added to the beauty of this work, I treasure it. Cheers!Published 6 months ago by CeciliaS
The diary itself was beautiful and was bought as a present for someone.However when the person opened the diary to look at all the pages one of them had already been written... Read morePublished 6 months ago by juniper
I was delighted with this book. I have owned a copy for many years and it gives me much pleasure. I wanted another copy for a friend's birthday and I am sure she will be delighted. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mrs Elizabeth Griffin
Lovely book with an old-world feel about it! A thoroughly good read too!Published on 8 April 2015 by Cathy