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Secret Diary of a 1970s Secretary is the diary of then-BBC Secretary Sarah Shaw for the year of 1971, a humorous and charming perspective of life at the BBC and for a woman at the time.

This is the diary of Sarah Shaw for the year of 1971, which she recently uncovered whilst clearing out her loft. Working as a secretary for the BBC at the time, Sarah's diary describes the life of a suburban girl who certainly wasn't 'swinging' but who was, ironically, not only working on a cutting edge BBC survey on sex education but also in the throes of an unlikely affair with middle-aged, working-class, Irish lift attendant, Frank.

Sarah talks humorously and frankly about what it was like to be a young, working woman at the time as well as life at the BBC during the 1970s and the difficulties of navigating her first romance. She is funny and self-effacing with a self-knowledge that only few attain. Her innocence and naivety are hugely charming and the diary forms a valuable snapshot of a time not so far away that is now lost to us.

©2016 Sarah Shaw (P)2016 Little Brown Book Group

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Description sounded interesting but sadly it’s not an interesting read. Basically it’s listening to someone’s diary, and there is nothing exciting or interesting in it. Think of it like reading a boring friends Facebook feed where you hear they got up, the are their lunch, they walked to the bus stop .... yes it’s like that. Sadly it was too late for me to return so that’s a lost credit b