A Life Discarded : 148 Diaries Found in a Skip Hardback
Unique, transgressive and as funny as its subject, A Life Discarded has all the suspense of a murder mystery.
Written with his characteristic warmth, respect and humour, Masters asks you to join him in celebrating an unknown and important life left on the scrap heap. A Life Discarded is a biographical detective story.
In 2001, 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.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 26/04/2016
- Category: Biography: general
- ISBN: 9780008130770
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