Canongate will publish a previously unreleased series of journals that are being likened to “Suite Française meets Muriel Spark”.
The diaries, written by London-born Jean Lucey Pratt, started in 1926 when she was 15, continuing until her death in 1986. The diaries were discovered by author and journalist Simon Garfield when he was researching a book for the Mass Observation project, a University of Sussex initiative that collects archives of “ordinary” people’s lives.
Jamie Byng, publisher and m.d. of Canongate, said: “Jean Lucey Pratt was such a wonderful writer, and reading these journals, which [Garfield] has edited, you get the sense of something like The Hare with the Amber Eyes—a story by a compelling voice which has never really been told.”