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A Life Discarded
Author: Alexander Masters

ISBN: 9780008130800
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 23 May 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 13.5 x 2.2
Caroline Baum's Review

It's rare these days to come upon a book that is so genuinely eccentric that it defies categorisation. Yes, this is a biography but it is so much more than that. It is also a mystery, a puzzle to be solved, and a memoir.

One day a friend of the author finds one hundred and forty eight diaries in a skip and gives them to him. The diaries, written in books that vary in size, bear no name, and are illustrated with funny sketches. At first, he thinks the author must be a man. But who? Going to enormous trouble to find answers, the author, becomes a journal sleuth, using all the skills he has acquired as an experienced biographer. But a biographer knows the identity of his subject, whereas here, Masters is truly fumbling in the dark.

This is a fascinating and genuinely intriguing piece of detective work, undertaken with a mixture of scholarship and fun and written with great verve and momentum. It is without a doubt the quirkiest literary adventure of the year.


A Life Discarded is a biographical detective story...

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