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".
"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 Glen easily supplants Martin in Lottie’s affections. The voyage home to England continues and, when she arrives, the shopping begins in earnest. She has a jolly good piece of seed cake.
In which Lottie does a spot of cooking, visits Swan And Edgars, the Criterion and Frascati's and heads off to Sidmouth after the easter weekend. She picks primroses and Glen buys her a stick.
In which Lottie returns to London from Devon, fights vainly the old ennui in the middle of the month but then reveals her theatrical ambitions and, by the 31st, is once again fearfully bucked.
In which potential new flame, Clive, comes on the scene but our heroine also encounters old flame, Charles. Lottie tries creme de menthe for the first time and rather develops a taste for it.
In which Lottie takes a break from reading her diary to tell us a little bit more about the characters she has introduced us to from January to June. Not least of these is darling Tommy.
In which, Lottie goes to the cinema an awful lot, visits a doctor and ruminates on the utility of the pea. She does not get on with Sinclair Lewis.
In which Lottie begins rehearsals, many picnics are taken and our heroine acquires a pair of red velvet pants.
In which, Lottie reflects on home economics, chez Fisher, and cooks us an interesting twist on a British classic.
In which, said Lottie sets off on tour. Taking in Edinburgh and Glasgow she manages to cast off the memory of Glens and Martins past and encounters flyboy Gerald - who proves himself equally unreliable. Tommy, it seems, is the only male for her.
In which, Lottie receives a somewhat inappropriate gift from an underwear manufacturer and also features (but sadly does not star) in a triumphant opening night in London's West End.
In which, Lottie turns literary critic and sets her sights on one of the great works of modernism. There is also some shopping.
In which, Lottie takes to the seas once more and concludes her journey through the year 1930.
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