Travel back in time and witness both everyday life and great moments in history in this fascinating compilation of diaries through the ages. Great Diariestraces the history of the diary in all its forms, from ancient times to the present day. It brings together historical and literary diaries, artists' sketchbooks, explorers' journals, and scientists' notebooks. Discover what is was life to build a pyramid, sail the seas with Magellan, travel into the heart of Africa, or serve on the Western Front. Find out how writers and artists planned their masterpieces and how scientists developed their groundbreaking theories. Great Diariesexplores the world's greatest diaries and notebooks, including those of Samuel Pepys, Charles Darwin, Virginia Woolf, and Anne Frank. Stunning images of the original diaries and journals are complemented by key extracts and close-ups of important details. Feature boxes provide additional biographical information and set the works in their cultural and historical context. Essential reading for everyone who is passionate about history and literature, Great Diariesprovides an intimate insight into the lives and thoughts of some of the most interesting people of the last two thousand years.
is an author, historian, and broadcaster. She has written five history books, including England's Mistress and Rival Queens, and four historical novels. She is a regular on television and radio, presenting her own shows including The Stuarts, Inside Versailles and Restoration Home, and discussing social history, royal history, and politics and culture on shows such as Newsnight. CNN's royal historian, she is Professor of History at the University of Reading and gives lectures across the world.