Starting life as a serial in the weekly Time & Tide, these diaries have always been deservedly popular. The trials and tribulations of the middle class during the twenties were many: children were forever making loud and inappropriate comments, staff were always on the brink of departing in a huff and neighbours dropped by at the wrong moment with unasked-for advice. Interspersed are the diarist’s queries and memos to herself, marvellous glimpses into the mind of a twenties lady. This is domestic life at its most amusing and is a perfect companion to George and Weedon Grossmith’s The Diary of a Nobody, also reissued in a beautiful Hatchards edition.
£12.99 Volumes I & II in a limited Hatchards edition with a green cloth binding, gold foil dust jacket and exclusive William Morris endpapers. 1,500 numbered copies.
‘Does not a misplaced optimism exist….. that social engagements, if dated sufficiently far ahead, will never really materialise?’ E. M. Delafield