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Putting Samuel Pepys on the couch

Every diarist turns a new page at new year, which is when the Restoration's chronicler started. He's remembered for what he saw, but he unwittingly preserved the disturbing things he felt

By Anna Blundy   January 2017

Sitting on the porch of a New England hotel in 1979, I told my dad I was bored. He took a big slurp of his third gin martini that evening and said: “Write a diary.” So I did. I still do.

On 1st January, we diarists all over the world will open a deliciously blank book and begin chatting to our old—perhaps our only—friend: the page. We’ll be…

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