Mary Hardy aged 51

The diarist Mary Hardy in 1785, by Huquier

We brought out an exciting new work in 2013: the full text of an eighteenth-century English diarist.

We invite you to explore this site to learn more about the diarist Mary Hardy (1733–1809).

Are you researching your family history? Or gathering material on a range of specialist subjects in this period? You will want to read the diary of Mary Hardy and enjoy its 1300 illustrations.

If you just like reading about the past in some detail these books will appeal to you. Read more under Our readers.

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What is so special about Mary Hardy?

  • She wrote half a million words in 36 years, yet had little formal education.
  • Hers was a dynamic world. Her family’s life as farmers and rural manufacturers was neither static nor isolated. Until now it was a world we had only glimpsed.
  • Mary Hardy ranges widely. Some of her coverage is unique.
  • She is a vital source of data, of firm evidence. We read not what people thought; and rarely what they said. Instead we learn what they did. Read more about the Mary Hardy books.

Diary of Mary Hardy, the volumesBuying the books

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This publication, in terms of its content, the rarity of the source and the high standards of editing and production, earns praise from all its reviewers.

Professor Richard G. Wilson pays tribute to The Diary of Mary Hardy 1773–1809 as illuminating the uncertainties of her time, in a world of constant upheaval. Rural life was far from stable and unchanging, and the diary mirrors this world.

His analysis, and the four other book reviews published, can be found under the Reviews pages. The latest reviewer, writing in the English Historical Review in 2015, summarises the broad sweep of Mary Hardy’s coverage and the value of her record.

Peek inside

An American customer, Kelly McDonald of Vermont, has put together a tribute to the look of the books. Her YouTube video, which lasts just over a minute as she turns the pages, enables prospective buyers to peek inside.