About the Book
‘Whom do I tell when I tell the blank page?’ Virginia Woolf asked her own diary. The question has never seemed more pertinent. Sometimes fearless, candid, naive or exhibitionistic, personal bloggers now occupy an extraordinary position, projecting their inmost lives to all those with an internet connection.
Alexandra Johnson traces the diary’s quirky and compelling history through centuries of writing for and about one’s self. Where the earliest of pilgrims and explorers kept journals of their findings, scientists including Darwin used them to develop their theories.