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The Resource A life discarded : 148 diaries found in a skip, Alexander Masters

A life discarded : 148 diaries found in a skip, Alexander Masters

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A life discarded : 148 diaries found in a skip
Title
A life discarded
Title remainder
148 diaries found in a skip
Statement of responsibility
Alexander Masters
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Author
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Summary
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
Cataloging source
VHOB
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Masters, Alexander
Dewey number
B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Diarists
  • Refuse and refuse disposal
  • Diarists
  • Great Britain
Target audience
adult
Label
A life discarded : 148 diaries found in a skip, Alexander Masters
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Publication
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000057596685
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
258 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780008130800
Isbn Type
(pbk)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)951477456
Label
A life discarded : 148 diaries found in a skip, Alexander Masters
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000057596685
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
258 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780008130800
Isbn Type
(pbk)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)951477456

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