Portland Place : Secret Diary of a BBC Secretary, Hardback Book

Portland Place : Secret Diary of a BBC Secretary Hardback


Portland Place is the diary of Sarah Shaw for the year of 1971, which she recently uncovered whilst clearing out her loft.

Working as a secretary for the BBC at the time, Sarah's diary describes the life of a suburban girl who certainly wasn't 'swinging' but who was, ironically, not only working on a cutting edge BBC survey on sex education but also in the throes of an unlikely affair with middle-aged, working-class, Irish lift attendant, Frank.Sarah talks humorously and frankly about what it was like to be a young, working woman at the time as well as life at the BBC during the 1970s and the difficulties of navigating her first romance.

She is funny and self-effacing with a self-knowledge that only few attain.

Her innocence and naivety are hugely charming and the diary forms a valuable snapshot of a time not so far away that is now lost to us.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 304 pages, n/a
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Television
  • ISBN: 9781472124685



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