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'Portland Place: The Secret Diary of a BBC Secretary' with Sarah Shaw
Tue 23 May 2017, 18:30 – 20:00 BST
At 6.30pm on 23rd May, join Sarah Shaw at Heffers as she talks about her book Portland Place: The Secret Diary of a BBC Secretary with former BBC Media Correspondent, Torin Douglas.
Portland Place 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.
Portland Place will be available to purchase at the event for a special discounted price. Sarah will be signing copies after the discussion.
Tickets are priced at £4 in advance (£5 on the door) including VAT and can be purchased through this page, by calling 01223 463200 or in person at Heffers bookshop.