Edith Holden, The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady.
Edith Blackwell Holden (1871–1920) was a British artist and part-time art teacher, known in her time as an illustrator of children’s books. Much influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement, she specialised in painting animals and plants.
Holden was made famous by the posthumous publication, in 1977 of her Nature Notes for 1906 under the title ‘The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady’. She was living in Gowan Bank, Kineton Green Road, Olton, Solihull in 1905-6 when she recorded the notes.
The collection of seasonal observations, poetry, and pictures of birds, plants, and insects was never even considered for publication when it was composed. The original book was meant as a nature-observation model for her art students at Solihull School for Girls, in the Midlands, where she taught art on Fridays from 1906-1909.
It became a world-wide best seller, and by 2000 had sold more than six million copies.