The Secret Diary of Jane Pinny


Having worked for Mr Berry for two years, Jane Pinny has decided it's time to move on. She has been recommended for a job at Lytton House and her friend, Plump the pigeon, has decided she should keep a diary to record her experiences. She can't write 'much more than me name', but this doesn't matter as Plump says he'll do it for her!

Full of humour and interesting facts, the diary tells us all about the life of a housemaid in Victorian times. There are lots of footnotes which offer more detail without interrupting the flow of the story. Jane is a wonderfully chirpy character with a keen eye for observing life around her.

In addition to Jane's life as a maid of all work (I does just about everything. I think the name says it all: a-l-l w-o-r-k.) there is also a mystery to solve- and solve it she does. This works perfectly because this lowly maid doesn't suddenly call everyone together Poirot-style for the big reveal; she solves the mystery for herself!

Jamie Littler's pictures are wonderful! The book is brilliantly illustrated throughout, adding  to the historical details in the text. Jane is just how I imagined her!

Another great book from the team of Philip Ardagh and Jamie Littler and the National Trust. I really look forward to the next book in this series!

The Secret Diary of Jane Pinny, Victorian House Maid (and Accidental Detective)

Philip Ardagh, illustrated by Jamie Littler

Nosy Crow and the National Trust     ISBN: 978-0857639035