Epistolary Books Part III : Stories Told Through Diaries, Letters, Notebooks or Other Episodic Forms of Communication



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I LOVE books written as a series of letters, or as a diary, or even more modern methods of communication. “Epistles” aren’t just for the Apostles, you know! We used to write a lot of them.



Love & Saffron is the newest epistolary novel I’ve read. It combines foodie adventures with a warm, caring, friendship. Click the link to read my review HERE. I seem to find a lot more British novels of this sort, or diaries of real people who are from the U.K. (the country–not the University). This is one or two American books in this list.


Logan Mountstuart starts writing a diary at his lesser public (private) school in about 1920. As the years go he crosses paths with the Duke and Duchess of Windsor during their wartime exile to the Bahamas where a famous murder took place. You can read my entire review here. Any Human Heart by William Boyd.


Mrs. Tim is an Army wife, traipsing around making a home as her  husband’s regiment shifts location. She is of an indomitable breed that once built an  Empire. She’s also wickedly funny.  A classic in this genre. You can read my full review HERE. 

Diary of a Provincial Lady and The Provincial Lady Goes Further are classics in the genre. (The links are to my reviews) A rather ordinary woman develops and not-so-ordinary life for herself! (Be careful! Some cheap Kindle versions are not the real thing).



This marvelous little book is a “sort of” epistle so I’m including it here. It is one of the most interesting royal books ever. All kinds of indiscreet comments, snatches of conversation, and what-have-you from the notes made by JPH during his time penning the great official biography of Queen Mary. This book is currently heavily discounted to $6.99 for kindle and I highly recommend it. It is one of my favorite recent royal books, but somehow I neglected to review it here. The Quest for Queen Mary by James Pope-Hennessy.


James Lees-Milne Diaries–Often hilarious, sometimes snarky or even biting in his commentary on well-known people of his day. I love dipping into this one rather than reading it cover-to-cover. My review will happen, but it could be years from now.


Letters of a Woman Homesteader (the “other” American book in this list) was an interesting read. I found this in my search for a book set in Wyoming to finish my 50 states reading project. You can read my review HERE.

Can you recommend other fictional or nonfcition diaries or books of letters, notes or similar? Leave me a comment or a link to your post.

Previous Epistolary Posts

My Favorite Epistolary Books Written by Real People

Favorite Nonfiction Diaries of Royals and War

Fave….Fictional Stories Told Through Letters, Emails, Tweets or Texts

My Fave…Fictional Diaries

8 thoughts on “Epistolary Books Part III : Stories Told Through Diaries, Letters, Notebooks or Other Episodic Forms of Communication

  1. I haven’t read too many of this type novel; Meet Me at the Museum is the main one that comes to mind. These types posts always amaze me at your memory/recall in coming up with so many candidates! On another topic — I is just planning to work more at the other dance studio she teaches at, as well as hopefully finding more “at home editing” to do.


    1. Remember, I track my reading 🙂 That helps. “Honey? One February 9 [example] you need to have your own car; on June 1 your own place–Good luck, Dad and I love you, but we won’t be enabling you any longer.” “Failure to Launch” is a thing–Google it. LOL. We need to plan a meet-up this year!


  2. Any Human Heart is a fabulous choice. Other examples would be some of the classics from the early years of the English novel. Pamela by Samuel Richardson or Evelina by Fanny Burnett.

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