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E M Delafield
E M Delafield, author of Consequences and Diary of a Provincial Lady
E M Delafieldwas born in 1890 to Count Henry de la Pasture and his novelist wife. Brought up according to strict Late Victorian precepts, but failing to ensnare a husband, she entered a convent in Belgium the moment she was 21. Having recovered from this experience she became a VAD, and wrote her first novel. In 1919, the year her fourth novelConsequenceswas published, she married Paul Dashwood, a civil engineer turned land agent; three years in Malaya was followed by life in rural Devon as a J.P., member of the W.I. etc. with their two children, and the writing of over thirty novels, including the ‘completely perfect’The Way Things Are(1927) andThank Heavens Fasting(1932).Diary of a Provincial Lady(1930), her most successful book, began as a column in the feminist weeklyTime and Tide. E.M.Delafield’s beloved son died in 1940; she herself, a warm, witty and generous woman, died aged only 53.