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  • "A masterly study on the 'long historical habit' of diary writing... Bayley's book succeeds brilliantly in merging scholarship with imagination, and emotional depth with writerly flair."

  • "A delight for fans of Sylvia Plath as well as diary writers everywhere."

    Woman's Way Ireland
  • "An elegant survey of diaries through history and why we keep them . . . Bayley is splendidly dismissive of blogs – sending boring screeds into "a blank universe" – and when she defined tweeting as "a sort of premature mental ejaculation" I wrote in the margin in Sylvia Plath-size letters with a Magic Marker: Brava, Sally!"

    The Times

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