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The Assassin's Cloak An Anthology of the World's Greatest Diarists by Alan Taylor

The Assassin's Cloak An Anthology of the World's Greatest Diarists

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The Assassin's Cloak An Anthology of the World's Greatest Diarists by Alan Taylor

With 170 contributors, a scope that is peerless, international and crosses centuries The Assassin's Cloak pays tribute to a fascinating genre that is at once the most intimate and public of all literary forms. There are several diary excerpts for every day of the year beginning with Samuel Pepys and along the way we meet cads and charmers, sailors and psychopaths, rock stars and prima ballerinas, gossips, drunks, snobs, lechers and lovers. There is humour and tragedy, history and the humdrum, often recoded on the same day or in the same entry.


A substantial treasury to dip into for years and years, to inspire new thoughts and enlighten all dullness ... it amply fills a gap in the classics of English-language anthologies. -- Muriel Spark * TLS * The result is a succession of surprises and delights, as all those solitary voices strike up a conversation across the years. * The Times * Gossipy, funny, perceptive and vicious extract. Every dip-in is a sheer delight. -- Kenneth Baker * Observer * Brilliant ... It's the perfect bedtime book. * Evening Standard *

About the Author

Irene Taylor was born and brought up in Edinburgh. For many years she worked in public libraries. She has a degree in history from Edinburgh University and she now works for the National Trust for Scotland. Alan Taylor is a journalist and Literary Editor for the Sunday Herald. he is a regular contributor to a variety of publications and in an earlier incarnation was a reference librarian.

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Publication date

11th November 2003


Alan Taylor

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Canongate Books Ltd


720 pages


Anthologies (non-poetry)



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