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Our Hidden Lives - The Remarkable Diaries of Postwar Britain

Simon Garfield

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Description:

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 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 -unashamedly populist in the spirit of Forgotten Voices or indeed Margaret Forster's Diary of an Ordinary Woman.'I love these diaries. They have the attraction of being stories, but REAL stories- Better than any novel.' Margaret Forster 'A lovely book. It will appeal to- anyone who appreciates the richness and diversity of human experience.' Tony Benn'Utterly engrossing, better than any kind of reality TV.' Gavin Esler'Funny, vivid, touching, angry, thoughtful - every page is a delight. This is definitely no. 1 on my present list to give to everyone in the coming year.' Jenny Uglow, author of The Lunar Men

Language:

English

Narrators:

Amanda Carlton, Christopher Scott, Jeffrey Perry, Joan Walker, Moir leslie

Length:

3h 10m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:10


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:10


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:48


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:43


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:55


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:04


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:48


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:36


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:41


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:46


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:45


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:13


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:54


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:37


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:18


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:48


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:37


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

09:35


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:50


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:11


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:29


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:45


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:19


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:01


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:25


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:14


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:20


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:04


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:10


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:18


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:58


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:49


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:42