Portland Place is the diary of Sarah Shaw for the year of 1971, which she recently uncovered whilst clearing out her loft.
Working as a secretary for the BBC at the time, Sarah's diary describes the life of a suburban girl who certainly wasn't 'swinging' but who was, ironically, not only working on a cutting edge BBC survey on sex education but also in the throes of an unlikely affair with middle-aged, working-class, Irish lift attendant, Frank. Sarah talks humorously and frankly about what it was like to be a young, working woman at the time as well as life at the BBC during the 1970s and the difficulties of navigating her first romance.
She is funny and self-effacing with a self-knowledge that only few attain.
Her innocence and naivety are hugely charming and the diary forms a valuable snapshot of a time not so far away that is now lost to us.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 304 pages, n/a
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 02/06/2016
- Category: Television
- ISBN: 9781472124685