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The true story of a surprisingly modern romance in war-stricken London.

'Tuesday 23 October, 1934. Another glorious sunny day. Lunch in Kens Gdns. E had not slept well "as I longed and longed for you". It made me happy that he wanted me. I suppose that is mean. He said, "I could pick you out in the dark from fifty women . . ." '

The diary of Doreen Bates is a candid, spellbinding portrait of a gutsy young woman working in London in the years before and during the Second World War, as well as an extraordinary account of her long affair with an older, married colleague - one that brazenly challenged the norms of the day.


A remarkable record of private life. Recorded with a precision and feeling that might break your heart

Anthony Quinn, Observer, Books of the Year

Unflinchingly honest. Exceptional

Elizabeth Buchan

Astute, passionate, remarkably intimate, showing us the day-to-day picture of a long relationship


Explosive, remarkably frank, startlingly candid

Daily Mail

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    September 15, 2017


    336 pages

    RRP $22.99

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