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Our Hidden Lives
By Simon Garfield

Our Hidden Lives

The Remarkable Diaries of Postwar Britain

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Our Hidden Lives by Simon Garfield

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"In 1936 anthropologist Tom Harrison, poet and journalist Charles Madge, and documentary filmmaker Humphrey Jennings set up the Mass Observation Project. The idea was simple: ordinary people would record, in diary form, the events of their everyday lives. An estimated one million pages eventually found their way to the archive - and it soon became clear this was more than anyone could digest. Today, the diaries are stored at the University of Sussex, where remarkably most remain unread. In Our Hidden Lives, Simon Garfield has skilfully woven a tapestry of diary entries in the rarely discussed but pivotal period of 1945 to 1948. The result is a moving, intriguing, funny, at times heartbreaking book - unashamedly populist in the spirit of Forgotten Voices or indeed Margaret Forster's Diary of an Ordinary Woman.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780091897338
ISBN-10: 0091897335
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 127mm x 35mm)
Pages: 544
Imprint: Ebury Press
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publish Date: 5-Feb-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Simon Garfield

Simon Garfield is an award-winning feature writer on The Observer and author of two previous books of oral history, both highly acclaimed. His study of Aids in Britain, The End of Innocence, was awarded the Somerset Maugham Prize, and the bestselling Mauve was described by the Daily Telegraph as 'a book about science which also happens to be a miniature work of art'. His most recent work, The Last Journey of William Huskisson, was a Radio 4 Book of the Week.

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