Ronald Blythe, 17 September 1981
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Oxford, 364 pp., £65, June 1981, 0 19 811485 0Show More
The English Countrywoman: Her Life in Farmhouse and Field from Tudor Times to the Victorian Age by G.E. Fussell and K.R. Fussell.
Orbis, 221 pp., £10, June 1981, 0 85613 336 1Show More
The English Countrywoman: Her Life and Work from Tudor Times to the Victorian Age by G.E. Fussell and K.R. Fussell.
Orbis, 172 pp., £10, June 1981, 0 85613 335 3Show More
“... James Woodforde’s diary retains its lumbering, unremitting interest. The obvious question is: what made him keep it? To tell us about his times, or to tell his page about himself? These are the reasons why most men keep diaries, but neither was the compulsion behind this one. This is perhaps why, with this latest edition of Parson Woodforde, we push along beside a writer who, one imagines, would not have cared to be designated social historian or confessional writer, but who nevertheless, deliberately or artlessly, reveals himself and his age with a starkness akin to the hard Norfolk light falling on a ditch ...”