4 June 1987
Show More The Faber Book of Diaries edited by Simon Brett.
Faber, 498 pp., £12.95, March 1987, 0 571 13806 3Show More
A Lasting Relationship: Parents and Children over Three Centuries by Linda Pollock.
Fourth Estate, 319 pp., £14.95, April 1987, 0 947795 25 1Show More
“... quickness will come with practice.’ But, as Simon Brett says, Woolf, Welch or Ackerley seem incapable of writing badly, so their reader has other compensations. A specially interesting man, Charles Ritchie, the great friend of Elizabeth Bowen, found in his diary the compensation for his complete failure to be ‘a writer’. Young diarists usually show off. Evelyn Waugh records in 1956 that in the hope ...”