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You really have been bitten by the "diary bug" it seems! :) Both A Pasifist's War & To War with Whitaker sound really interesting to me.

Claire (The Captive Reader)

Oh, how I love this project! Your posts are introducing me to so many wonderful-sounding books. I'm thrilled to see the Ritchie here, of course, but I'm even more excited by the sounds of To War with Whitaker. Anything described as spiffing and madcap is completely irresistible to me!


I am intrigued beyond the telling of it by the Frances Partridge diary. If memory serves, she married the husband of Dora Carrington after the latter's suicide, and her son married the daughter of David Garnett and Angelica Bell, the niece of Virginia Woolf. David's first wife was the sister of France Partridge, a lovely artist named Ray Marshall who died too young from breast cancer. David's memoirs are a treat to read as are his letters to T.H. White and Sylvia Townsend Warner.

I think I MUST just go ahead and order the Partridge.


The Johnson is a dangerous little book, isn't it? You end up with so many ideas. The Pillow Book is very high on my TBR pile.

Scriptor Senex

I have eight boxes of diary books in the loft (not counting the dozens on my shelves). I reckon I've read about a fifth of them so far. They are my favourtite reading and Iu especially like rural UK ones, the older the better, especislly if illustrated with the author's own sketches or paintings.

A good composite one on sale here is the Faber Book of Diaries by Simon Brett and you may also like the various compilations of Simon Garfield about wartime Britain, especially Our Hidden Lives. In my view, the best of all WWII British diaries is Mrs Milburn's Diary.

Margaret @ BooksPlease

I like diaries too. One I'm currently dipping into is Chronicle Of Youth: Vera Brittain's Great War Diary, 1913-1917 as I'm also reading her book Testament Of Youth: An Autobiographical Study of the Years 1900-1925. I find them fascinating.


I hope you enjoy To War with Whitaker! I want to read the Partridge diaries all the way through, since we share a college in common. She was still writing when she died at the grand old age of 103 a few years back and knew (or rather, had known) absolutely everyone in Bloomsbury. I also have The Pillow Book on my TBR mountain. I hope you'll tell me to hurry up and read it!


I've read A Pacifist's Diary and enjoyed it. I'm waiting to hear if I've been successful on ReadItSwapIt for another volume of Partridge's diaries.

Liz F

I hope you enjoy the Roger Deakin! I'm on my third reading of it now and love his take on the seasons - he sounds such a lovely man that I wish I had met him.
I like the sound of To War with Whitaker and Love and War in London - they will definitely be added to my list!

Buried In Print

Maybe I missed it, but did you say whether you are thinking about reading any fictional diaries whilst you're immersed in this reading? Just curious...


Boy, Johnson's book was dangerous! I'd better not read it. The problem is, I have The Hidden Writer on my TBR shelf right now, and it's a library book so I'll have to start it soon (I'm still reading her Leaving a Trace, also a library book). I enjoy the private peek into lives that diaries and letters give me. Another interesting person to read is Madeleine L'Engle. She has a series of books that aren't set up like typical diary entries, but they are subtitled "the Crosswicks Journal" (Crosswicks was her home.) My favorite is A Circle of Quiet.


Danielle, I wish you so much reading pleasure with these great diaries, they all sound very good, yet especially with Roger Deakin's as I hope you will find my recommendation worthwhile;).
I will soon start Virginia Woolf's third one, to be found in a Passionate Apprentice and written in 1903.


You are indeed a bookseller's dream, and a blog reader's delight. :)Love to see your enthusiasm and outright passion for books.
Happy reading!


So fun! Do you plan on giving Virginia Woolf's diaries a go? She is a good one too. I do love books that lead me to other books though my TBR pile does not appreciate it!


Tiina--I AM really into diaries at the moment. I'm not sure why I'm so intrigued at the moment, but I'm quite enjoying discovering all these new books.

Claire--I'm happy I'm not going on too much about diaries--if nothing else it's fun to find out about new books/authors. I'm looking forward to Mrs Whitaker, too!

AJ--I guess I'll find out all about Frances Partridge when I pick up the book--I'm not all that familiar with her other than knowing she was part of the Bloomsbury group--she should have lots of interesting stories to tell! It's a fascinating group and era! I think there are at least four diaries and I hope to get my hands on all of them, too.

Caroline--Yes, I've ended up with quite a reading list. For such a small book she covers a lot of ground. And the Pillow Book does really look interesting--it'll be nice to read something from an earlier century, too.

Scriptor Senex--Now wouldn't it be fun to look through those boxes?! There must be some real gems in there. Probably books that are long out of print but interesting reads--and I love illustrated diaries and journals too. I'll look up the titles you suggest--Mrs Milburn sounds especially good.

Margaret--I really want to read Vera Brittain this year. I have Testament to Youth, but the sheer size does make me pause before picking it up--need to clear off my reading table first. I'm curious about her diaries--she wrote quite a lot between her memoirs, fiction, diaries and letters!

Bibliolathas--Thank you for the suggestion--it sounds right up my alley and I think it has a lot of appeal for other readers as well. Maybe we should read the Pillow Book in tandem--reading along with someone else often keeps me on task! :)

Joanne--Glad to hear it is as good as it sounds! I will have to look for used copies of her other books as well.

Liz--It's such a lovely book--I like the cover and the texture and am happy to hear you have enjoyed it as well. I have too many choices now and wonder where I should start. To War With Whitaker really does sound like fun.

Buried in Print--I think I will, and I think you gave me suggestions (?), but I have mostly been collection NF--it could be dangerous to look for fictional accounts--not that that will stop me...

Kathy--She's a good writer and makes everything sound so interesting, which really is a little dangerous I agree. I have The Hidden Writer out from the library as well and it sits on my night table, though I haven't yet had a chance to start reading. We'll have to compare notes. Now M. L'Engle is not someone I had thought of--I bet my library has her journals, too, so I'll check them out--thanks!

Catharina--Thanks. I am sure I will love the Deakin--Aside from the fact that it is such a nicely designed book I have heard so many good things about him. And I love the idea of reading about the seasons. It also looks like a gentle read, which is what I need right now I think. I still would love to read more VW--she's on my list. I hope you enjoy her next diary!

Michelle--I am probably a little too overenthusiastic about books--I can't help myself--they are my achilles heel. When I find something I'm interested in I have this voracious appetite--though not the free time to read them all!

Stefanie--I have her first diary and do want to read her. Now she seems like a diarist extraordinaire. Yes, this has been a particularly fertile topic for me! :)


The number of times I have done something similar! Fallen in love with a genre or a theme or an era and gone on a book buying spree. I call it research and it is VERY important. Keep up the good work, Danielle! :-)


Litlove--I like the idea of research. I do a LOT of research sometimes! ;) And when you're in the mood for a genre why fight it, right?

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