The Assassin's Cloak

The Assassin's Cloak

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With 170 contributors, a scope that is peerless, international and crosses centuries The Assassin's Cloak pays tribute to a fascinating genre that is at once the most intimate and public of all literary forms.

There are several diary excerpts for every day of the year beginning with Samuel Pepys and along the way we meet cads and charmers, sailors and psychopaths, rock stars and prima ballerinas, gossips, drunks, snobs, lechers and lovers. There is humour and tragedy, history and the humdrum, often recoded on the same day or in the same entry.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 720 pages
  • 135 x 214 x 51mm | 742g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • Main - Re-issue
  • 1841954594
  • 9781841954592
  • 192,537

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'A wonderfully entertaining anthology of diaries'
Mail on Sunday

'The perfect bedtime book'
Evening Standard

'Here are the great, the good, the bad, the hubristic and the humble'
The Times

'A diary is an assassin's cloak which we wear when we stab a comrade in the back with a pen.' So wrote William Soutar in 1934. But a diary is also a place for recording everyday thoughts and special occasions, private fears and hopeful dreams. As a result, this wonderful collection of entries from the world's greatest diarists is as inspiring as it is enlightening.
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Brilliant ... It's the perfect bedtime book. * * Evening Standard * * Gossipy, funny, perceptive and vicious extract. Every dip-in is a sheer delight. -- Kenneth Baker * * Observer * * The result is a succession of surprises and delights, as all those solitary voices strike up a conversation across the years. * * The Times * * A substantial treasury to dip into for years and years, to inspire new thoughts and enlighten all dullness ... it amply fills a gap in the classics of English-language anthologies. -- Muriel Spark * * TLS * *
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About Irene Taylor

Irene Taylor was born and brought up in Edinburgh. For many years she worked in public libraries. She has a degree in history from Edinburgh University and she now works for the National Trust for Scotland.

Alan Taylor is a journalist and Literary Editor for the Sunday Herald. He is a regular contributor to a variety of publications and in an earlier incarnation was a reference librarian.
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272 ratings
4.27 out of 5 stars
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4 33% (90)
3 15% (41)
2 2% (5)
1 1% (3)
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