Diary of a Provincial Lady
) she offers lively, amusing insights into the foibles of her own class and contemporary society at large. Often compared to
, she has been praised for her almost uncanny gift for converting the small and familiar dullnesses of everyday life into laughter.
She also wrote plays, short stories, literary criticism, sketches, war propaganda, and a travel book.
's charming, witty novels are characterized by acute observation and good-humoured social satire. Her stories often draw from her own experiences—as an Edwardian débutante, a novice in a religious order, a war worker, and an upper-middle-class wife and mother in a modernizing Georgian world. At her best (as in