'The book is gripping, and one can't help feeling that Fowles was writing-what may come to be seen as one of the very best of his works' Literary Review
In 1963 John Fowles won international recognition with his first published novel The Collector. But his roots as a serious writer can be traced back long before to the journal he began as a student at Oxford in the late 1940s and continued to keep faithfully over the next half century. Written with an unsparing honesty and forthrightness, it reveals the inner thoughts and creative development of one of the twentieth century's most innovative and important novelists. This first-hand account of the road to fame and fortune holds the reader's attention with all the narrative power of the novels, but also offers an invaluable insight into the intimate relationship between Fowles's own life and his fiction.
“Fowles is an artist of great imaginative power”
“He is sharp when speaking about his own fiction, and the section dealing with The Collector will no doubt be required reading for all students of Fowles”
Scotland on Sunday
“These extraordinary diaries-should help bring about his richly deserved resuscitation”