A Notable Woman

The Romantic Journals of Jean Lucey Pratt

Jean Lucey Pratt, edited by Simon Garfield
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Virginia Woolf meets Caitlin Moran - the extraordinary journals chronicling one ordinary woman's life, edited and introduced by Simon Garfield.

'Extraordinary. Timeless, funny and utterly absorbing' - Hilary Mantel

In April 1925 at the age of fifteen, Jean Lucey Pratt started a journal that she kept until just a few days before her death in 1986, producing over a million words in 45 exercise books. What emerges is a portrait of a truly unique, spirited woman and writer. Never before has an account so fully, so honestly and so vividly captured a single woman's journey through the twentieth century.

Author bio:

Jean Lucey Pratt was born in 1909 in Wembley, Middlesex and lived much of her life in a small cottage on the edge of Burnham Beeches in Buckinghamshire. She was a trainee architect, she was a publicist, she gardened, she took in lodgers, she read copiously, she wrote criticism, and in later years she ran a bookshop. But above all, she kept track of her life in the most lyrical of ways, from the age of 15 until just a few days before her death in 1986.

Simon Garfield is the author of sixteen acclaimed books of non-fiction including To the Letter, On the Map, Just My Type and Mauve. His study of AIDS in Britain, The End of Innocence, won the Somerset Maugham prize. www.simongarfield.com

Category: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781782115724
Publisher: A&U Canongate
Imprint: Canongate PBS
Pub Date: July 2016
Page Extent: 736
Format: Paperback - B format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Memoirs