Another Virago Modern Classic up for grabs and another one of my favourites: E.M. Delafield's The Diary of a Provincial Lady. I have a feeling that every one of my regular visitors already owns at least one copy of this book but I hope someone, somewhere would love to give it a good home.
For anyone who hasn't read it, this book (actually 4 books in one as this edition also contains The Provincial Lady Goes Further; The Provincial Lady in America and The Provincial Lady in Wartime) is written in the form of diary entries from the end of 1929 to late 1940.
The eponymous Provincial Lady lives in Devon, in Cullompton, a market town in the Culm Valley. She chronicles the minutiae of life in pre-war England for the middle classes living in the provinces. The book's blurb tells us that she has a nice house, a nice husband (usually asleep behind The Times) and nice children..... She never raises her voice ........ only occasionally allows herself to become vexed by the ongoing servant problem, and would be truly appalled by the confessional mode of the late twentieth century. The Provincial Lady is, after all, part of what made Britain great. If you haven't read it, I promise, you may well find this to be the funniest book ever. I still do after decades of re-reading my battered old copy.
If you would like a chance to win the new copy, pictured above, just leave a 'yes please' on this or any other post in the next few days. Baby Amelia will make the draw before she returns to London on Monday. I know that is only a few days but I'll make up for it by having a second draw towards the end of the month. We have two Bank Holidays in May, so why not two book draws? Anyway, Amelia insists!