• To keep a diary is to attempt a difficult literary form. Its effectiveness is likely to derive from a special blend of honesty and appetite for life that gives the power to record everyday happenings while magically freeing them from banality and triviality.

    Robert Francis Kilvert, William Plomer (1969). “Kilvert's diary: selections from the diary of the Rev. Francis Kilvert, 1 January 1870-[13 March 1879]”, Jonathan Cape