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Edith Holden – The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady | Review

Title: The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady

Author: Edith Holden

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 187

Rating: 4*/5

 

Edith Holden - The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady

Edith Holden – The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady

 

I picked up this book after hearing a YouTuber I watch (Hannah Tay) talking about it on her channel, and I’m glad that I did. It’s basically exactly what it claims to be, a facsimile reproduction of naturalist Edith Holden’s 1906 diary, complete with her hand-drawn colour illustrations.

It makes for a fascinating read, and part of the reason for that is actually because she didn’t write that many entries. That’s a good thing, because it enables you to whizz from month to month and season to season without a problem. You can literally watch the year fly by and read it in a single sitting, and it’s a joy to behold because of that. Then there’s the fact that it’s all handwritten, which occasionally makes it hard to read but which also lends it authenticity.

All in all, this book is an artifact. It’s beautiful in its own right and makes for a great addition to your collection.

 

Edith Holden

Edith Holden

 

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Leopoldo Duran – Graham Greene: Friend and Brother | Review

Title: Graham Greene: Friend and Brother

Author: Leopoldo Duran

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 354

Rating: 4*/5

 

Leopoldo Duran - Graham Greene: Friend and Brother

Leopoldo Duran – Graham Greene: Friend and Brother

 

I put off starting this book for a long time, but I’m not sure why. As soon as I started reading it I was hooked, and I read it in the space of three or four days. I guess I should start with the background information.

The book is basically a non-fiction piece about Graham Greene, who just happens to be one of my favourite writers of all time. Duran is a priest who was friends with Greene for many years. The two of them went travelling together many times – always with a “Third Man” – and Duran was present at his deathbed when the author died.

But this isn’t a biography, which is a good thing – Greene wouldn’t have liked that. Instead, it’s a collection of reminiscences interspersed with diary entries from Duran and letters that Greene sent him, as well as quotes from his books that put everything into context. The result is a beautiful tribute to Graham Greene and his body of work, and it’s fascinating to see how different things came about.

 

Graham Greene

Graham Greene

 

I was particularly impressed by how Duran managed to stay somewhat impartial throughout – at least, as much as that is possible in a book like this. But while he does mention his own history as a priest and the books that he’d written himself about Greene and his work, they’re only brought in to back up the point that he’s making or to provide some additional context to the reader.

It might not follow a narrative as such, but that doesn’t matter. If anything, it works best how Duran has laid it out, with different chapters and different sections that are dedicated to different topics, from Greene’s battles with the mafia to his thoughts on his own work and his relationships with friends and family members. It’s not a book that just anyone can enjoy, but if you’re a fan of Graham Greene and his literary work then I’m sure you’ll have some fun.

 

Graham Greene - Ways of Escape

Graham Greene – Ways of Escape

 

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