A Life Discarded: 148 Diaries Found in a Skip.  Kindle Edition £1.49
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A Life Discarded: 148 Diaries Found in a Skip. Kindle Edition £1.49

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Edited by:"pasheast"Found 19th Oct
273 pages, print ed £8.99. "148 tattered and mould-covered notebooks were discovered lying among broken bricks in a skip on a building site in Cambridge. Tens of thousands of pages were filled to the edges with urgent handwriting. They were a small part of an intimate, anonymous diary, starting in 1952 and ending half a century later, a few weeks before the books were thrown out. Over five years, the award-winning biographer Alexander Masters uncovers the identity and real history of their author, with an astounding final revelation.

A Life Discarded is a true, shocking, poignant, often hilarious story of an ordinary life. The author of the diaries, known only as ‘I’, is the tragicomic patron saint of everyone who feels their life should have been more successful. Part thrilling detective story, part love story, part social history, A Life Discarded is also an account of two writers’ obsessions: of ‘I’s need to record every second of life and of Masters’ pursuit of this mysterious yet universal diarist."

‘Masters wonderfully exposes all the questions about identity,… Masters tells his tale with such verve ‘ Mary Beard, Guardian
‘Masters is a beautiful writer: funny, inquisitive and attentive.’ Observer

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Includes many reviews such as "Boring" and "Tedious"

From our death to being totally forgotten by your friends/workmates..... is approx about 2 weeks
one has to wonder why... is it because we are all mostly boring and self absorbed

The wife it appears would have a skip outside next day.... with my life in it for collection to the tip... nice
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