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Secret Diary of a 1970s Secretary


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Sarah Shaw was born next-door to a bombsite in Purley, Surrey, and brought up amid books and newspapers. Early writing included a series of novels in which she and her friends enjoyed exciting and romantic adventures with the Beatles. These were circulated in exercise books and read under the desks during Latin lessons. Sarah's first job was at the BBC in the School Broadcasting Council, after which she went on to work with John Parry on radio programmes for secondary schools. Later, she returned to the BBC's Television Plays department, working with Louis Marks on productions such as the BAFTA-winning The Lost Boys. In the 1980s she moved into academic librarianship, retiring in 2014, having spent the previous twelve years as Librarian at Selwyn College, Cambridge.


Evocative ... vivid and joyous diary -- Joan Bakewell, Sunday Telegraph
She's a curious, candid chronicler ... and it's oddly soothing to read about the drabness of everyday life at a moment when the psychedelic Sixties had faded and the flashy Eighties were still a decade away * The Mail on Sunday *
Entertaining story ... a constant delight -- Anthony Looch, Belfast Telegraph
It's not often I say I love a book but I loved Secret Diary of a BBC Secretary. From the start I was engrossed in a world not that long ago (1971) but often a million miles away. I became involved with the characters and their lives. I worried about them. I cared about them. I couldn't put the book down. Now that's I've finished it I still want to know what happens next. A jewel of a little book. Read it and you'll be glad you did -- Gail Renard, Chair of the Writer's Guild
I spent a lot of time in the Langham on training courses and when I worked on the Today programme. I knew the place had many mysteries. But Sarah's book reveals a few more, and it is a fascinating glimpse into a time that feels very different to today -- Roger Mosey, formerly Editor of the Today programme on Radio 4, Controller of BBC Five Live, Head of BBC TV news and Director of the London 2012 Olympic Games coverage
Sue Townsend meets Lynn Barber; the innocence and wit shine through this account ... I found it charming! Such genuine innocence / ignorance girls had back then though! So captures that! -- Jill Dawson, author of Sceptre and Orange Prize short-listee
A wonderful evocation of the drab innocence of the Seventies . . . a touching coming-of-age story . . . a period piece, and a poignant account of an unlikely first love -- Jane Shilling * Daily Mail *
It's not just a compelling, novelistic account of someone's life as an independent young woman, but it's packed with detail, subtlety and humour -- Justin Lewis * When is bins? *

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