As a fellow Provincial Lady, I adore E M Delafield’s witty, charming and disarmingly accurate portrayal of the many absurdities of everyday life. I might not have an impressive house, a largely silent husband, a daily cleaning lady and two children at boarding school to manage, but I do know the sinking feeling of looking at a dodgy bank balance and the dilemma of finding something other than ‘my black’ to wear to a glitzy function (usually organised by Miranda). If you’ve never read it, you must take advantage of Persephone Books’ current offer; for just £8, you can buy their newly reprinted dove grey edition of Diary of a Provincial Lady, with original illustrations, before it’s officially released. Why not treat yourself?  – Rachel