The Assassin's Cloak: An Anthology of the World's Greatest Diarists (Paperback)

An Anthology of the World's Greatest Diarists

By Alan Taylor (Editor), Irene Taylor (Editor)

Canongate Books, 9781841954592, 698pp.

Publication Date: November 11, 2003



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.

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.

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

"Readers shouldn't miss Irene and Alan Taylor's doorstop-sized, decade-in-the-making assemblage of notable diary excerpts . . . Spanning four centuries and addressing countless topics (from thoughtful reflections on diary-keeping to gossip, politics, and mundane musings) this book is for the expert and the dilettante, for the coffee table and the reference shelf."  Publishers Weekly

"A sumptuous feast. This inspired anthology of diverse diary entries, selected chiefly for their honesty, is relentlessly thought-provoking."  Independent

"Such is the care lavished on the material that what emerges is not simply a single, chronological progress but a series of interior narratives capable of throwing unexpected detours and surprises along the way . . . The Taylors specialize in the canny juxtaposition . . . they seemed to have packed in practically everyone one had ever heard of, as well as a number of promising names."  Times Literary Supplement