Our Hidden Lives The Remarkable Diaries of Post-War Britain

ISBN-10: 0091897335
ISBN-13: 9780091897338
Edition: 2005
Authors: Simon Garfield
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publication date: 4/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

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 that 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.

Simon Garfield is the author of several acclaimed books, including "The End of the Innocence: Britain in the Time of AIDS", winner of the Somerset Maugham Award. He lives in London.

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