Recommended by Heywood Hill Reader Caroline Jackson:
“Subtitled ‘148 Diaries Found in a Skip’, this singular biography is an existential meditation masquerading as a mystery. Alexander Masters, author of ‘Stuart: A Life Backwards’ and ‘Simon: The Genius in my Basement’, has an eye for the forgotten lives of hidden turmoil which surround us all. By turns frustrating and heartbreaking, his latest quarry is only identified towards the end of this playfully original investigation into loneliness and eccentricity. It’s a compelling and affecting quest.”
Caroline Jackson is a freelance writer and reviewer. She lives in Cambridge.