Life Goes On

Life Goes On : The exceptional journals of Jean Lucey Pratt

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'This document is strictly private. All that is written herein being the exact thoughts, feelings, deeds and words of Miss JL Pratt and not to be read thereby by anyone whatsoever until after the said Miss JLP's death, be she married or single at the date of that event.'

So begin the diaries of Jean Lucey Pratt, which she started in 1925, aged 15, and wrote in detail for four decades: recording the life of a thoroughly modern young woman, a writer, an independent thinker, an inveterate smoker, and a great lover of cats.

Edited by bestselling author and editor Simon Garfield, Life Goes On captures Britain as seen by millions of ordinary people: the small moments of triumph and joy, fear, anxiety and boredom that made up everyday life. Writing from her family home in Middlesex and then from her cottage in Berkshire, Jean chronicles her battles with the apparently mutually exclusive possibilities of career and spousal duties, with architectural training, with commissioning editors, endless bureaucracy and country living.

With the same lively wit and sharp-eyed analysis as Nella Last, Jean's writing brings to life a hidden corner of everyday existence for a young, single woman during a fascinating era in British history.
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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 129 x 198mm | 505g
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 1781251231
  • 9781781251232

About Simon Garfield

Simon Garfield is the author of more than a dozen acclaimed books of non-fiction, including the international bestseller, Just My Type - A Book About Fonts and On the Map: Why the World Looks the Way it Does and a trilogy of edited diaries from the Mass Observation Archive. He lives in London and St Ives.
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