Our Hidden Lives: The Remarkable Diaries of Post-War Britain

Our Hidden Lives: The Remarkable Diaries of Post-War Britain

by Simon Garfield
     
 

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

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780091897338
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/2005
Edition description:
New edition
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
1,405,531
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.34(d)

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