Lottie’s 1930 diary showed up years ago in a jumble sale in the south of England. Written in a Collins’ Royal Diary, it’s the story of a young woman from North London. A story of English privilege between the wars. Each episode brings another month from Lottie's 1930 life. Some things are familiar; at other time she inhabits another world.
"Doo and I feel blue and Martin, too." - In which our heroine visits Cape Town and Durban, manicures her (first) gentleman friend, tries her hand at surfing and takes drinks at the hooligans' table onboard the City of Palermo. Parfaits feature.
In which we meet our heroine, Lottie, as she begins her 1930 diary at home in North Finchley. Before the end of the month she has taken her big trip (with her sister Doo and her mother), embarked on a whirlwind romance and introduced us to the adjective "gumpy".