I was given a review copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.
I really enjoyed A Life Discarded and thought the concept was very original for a biography. I thought the concept was very original – finding hundreds of diaries dumped in a skip and trying to figure out who they belonged to. This is a bit different from the usual biographies. I liked the sketches and snippets of handwriting samples scattered throughout A Life Discarded. This added a level of authenticity. I thought A Life Discarded was fascinating – what would I do in similar circumstances? There’s something fascinating and appealing about getting to stick your nose inside someone else’s life. I would probably have read the diaries out to sheer nosiness but wouldn’t have spared much thought to who they belonged to. I liked the way Masters goes about investigating the diaries and their potential owner, gradually finding little truths which added up to bigger piece of the puzzle. I’d recommend A Life Discarded if you’re looking for a biography that offers something a little different.