• I re-read, for the nth time, E.M. Delafield's dry, caustic Diary of a Provincial Lady, and howled with laughter

    India Knight
  • She converts the small and familiar dullness of life into laughter

    The Times
  • I finished the book in one sitting, leaving the children unbathed, dogs unwalked, a husband unfed, and giving alternate cries of joy and recognition throughout

    Jilly Cooper
  • A Pooterish masterpiece of 20th-century humour

    Christopher Fowler
  • In the pages that follow is laid out the best of British womanhood, and you will fall in love with a capable, funny, clever, and never cloying woman ... EM Delafield has provided us with a faithful and funny and lasting record of having it all at a time when the concept was so alien that it didn't even exist

    Rachel Johnson

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