Provincial Daughter, Paperback Book

Provincial Daughter Paperback

Illustrated by Gordon Davies

Part of the Virago Modern Classics series

3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Tuesday, 23rd'Late nights do not suit me. Try to think I look interestingly haggard but have to admit that Unkempt Blowsiness is fitter description'Way before that city slicker, Bridget Jones, there was the Provincial Daughter -- an intelligent woman juggling too little money with too many kids in rural obscurity. In between taking deliveries of coal and attending ghastly provincial parties, our heroine makes tentative forays into the bright lights of London, seeking literary fame and fortune.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9781860499500



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Written by EM Delafield's daughter, this is very much an homage to the Provincial Lady novels. It's slightly forced at the beginning, but once Dashwood finds her (unnamed) character's voice this rattles along at a pace and provides a few laugh-out-loud vignettes - particularly with regard to our heroine's relationship with her provinicial doctor husband. The recently published "Can Any Mother Help Me?", a collection of letters by pre- and post-war housewives from the Mass Observation archive, shows how true to life this novel is. Recommended for anyone who loved the original novels.

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E M Delafield's daughter tries to fill her mother's shoes. Unwisely, she does not attempt to forge a writing identity of her own, but simply copycats her mother, merely highlighting the fact that nothing much happens to her, and that the average blogger could have made it more entertaining. (Nothing much ever happened to her mum, either, but if fandom had been around in the 30s, E M Delafield would've been a BNF, for sure. Her daughter … wouldn't.)

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