Publisher / date: Amberley Publishing, 2009
Amberley Publishing has to be my top favorite publisher, and this book – first in the series of The Complete Diary of a Cotswold Parson, shows the press at its best. This is a huge book! The introduction itself runs a couple hundred pages.
Francis Witts is the parson in question. I wait with great impatience for the “complete” diaries of his mother, Agnes Witts (you’ll see that book on this site soon!), and will slowly build my Witts library. It is a big undertaking: Francis’ diaries is up to Volume 8 and is still incomplete.
Volume 1, subtitled The Nomad, covers the period from 1795-1805. The “extensive introduction” should have been a book all its own. Highly recommended. And who are the Austins met late in the diaries??? More on that later!
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Cotswold Life published an informative write-up on the Diaries of Agnes Witts. And I just found their entry about her son, Rev. Francis Witts.
publisher/date: Amberley Publishing, 2009
I adore this book – a diary written in such straight-forward language that Sarah Hurst seems to be talking to you, confiding in you.
Sarah’s lifetime lasts until the 19th century, but this diary covers a period of her life in which she was in love, engaged, then secretly married. Exciting times for a young lady!
- West Sussex Gazette’s article on the book and its author
- the book’s page at Amberley’s website
- the Horsham exhibition that took place after the success of the book
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