Diary of an Ordinary Woman, Paperback
4 out of 5 (3 ratings)


Margaret Forster presents the 'edited' diary of a woman, born in 1901, whose life spans the twentieth century.

On the eve of the Great War, Millicent King begins to keep her journal and vividly records the dramas of everyday life in a family touched by war, tragedy, and money troubles.

From bohemian London to Rome in the 1920s her story moves on to social work and the build-up to another war, in which she drives ambulances through the bombed streets of London.

Here is twentieth-century woman in close-up coping with the tragedies and upheavals of women's lives from WWI to Greenham Common and beyond.

A triumph of resolution and evocation, this is a beautifully observed story of an ordinary woman's life - a narrative where every word rings true.




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I found it a compulsive read at first but lost interest post WW2..but then that's a general problem for me anyway.

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Love her writing style. Very thought provoking and so believable. Raised lots of discussion about the events of the 20th cent that she lived through. Also women's lives, diaries, ageing... Some of us wanted more on the historical events. Some of us wanted more emotions. All inspired to read more of her writing.

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Millicent King was just an ordinary woman who lived through two world wars and the devastating loss that entails, into the age of anti-nuclear, anti-war, feminist protests and marches of the 1960's and 1970's and even beyond. She was an early feminist, in her own way, who lived an unconventional, independent life, having a few lovers, and a long-term relationship outside the bounds of marriage. She seems to have been an incredibly strong woman. In other words, not so ordinary, but extraordinary.This is a novel, yet feels completely authentic. According to the author, it is based on a set of actual diaries that captured her imagination, yet, which she never got to see. The way the book reads, it's very hard to believe that she never did see the diaries.I think that one reason that I loved this book so much, and one reason it feels so real and authentic is that it was written entirely in the character's voice. The author never forced her own voice into the writing.I absolutey loved this book! I definitely want to read more of Margaret Forster's work, and have added this to my rapidly expanding list of favorites.

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