Renowned as one of America's foremost researchers of the world's favorite gem, Matthew Hart has produced a gem of his own in the fascinating exposé, Diamond: A Journey to the Heart of an Obsession.
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In our interview, Hart revealed some interesting facts about himself:
"My first car was a black MG Sprite with bugeye headlights. My girlfriend said she liked getting in and out of it more than she liked driving around in it. Our romance quickly fell apart."
"I love the Diamond Coast above all other places, for its remoteness."
"When I was working on Diamond, I met a bush pilot who had made a fortune in the stock market, betting on the Arctic diamond play. Yet he still flew a bush plane (a Twin Otter), and couldn't imagine doing anything else. I remember one flight where we flew mile after mile, hundreds of miles, very low to the ground, with this scarlet vegetation streaming by beneath us and lakes with white swans, and I thought the pilot must be the luckiest man on earth, to be able to pursue this life when he could easily afford any other. I guess it's the life of action that so appeals to a writer, whose life, after all, is mostly sitting in a room alone all day."