A wonderful evocation of the drab innocence of the Seventies . . . a touching coming-of-age story . . . a period piece, and a poignant account of an unlikely first love
Entertaining story ... a constant delight
Sue Townsend meets Lynn Barber; the innocence and wit shine through this account ... I found it charming! Such genuine innocence / ignorance girls had back then though! So captures that!
Evocative ... vivid and joyous diary
It's not just a compelling, novelistic account of someone's life as an independent young woman, but it's packed with detail, subtlety and humour
I spent a lot of time in the Langham on training courses and when I worked on the Today programme. I knew the place had many mysteries. But Sarah's book reveals a few more, and it is a fascinating glimpse into a time that feels very different to today
It's not often I say I love a book but I loved Secret Diary of a BBC Secretary. From the start I was engrossed in a world not that long ago (1971) but often a million miles away. I became involved with the characters and their lives. I worried about them. I cared about them. I couldn't put the book down. Now that's I've finished it I still want to know what happens next. A jewel of a little book. Read it and you'll be glad you did
She's a curious, candid chronicler ... and it's oddly soothing to read about the drabness of everyday life at a moment when the psychedelic Sixties had faded and the flashy Eighties were still a decade away