It’s a long book – it has taken me weeks to finish it – but worth it, as it’s a great concept. The book takes the form of diaries written by Logan Mountstuart, who lives throughout each decade of the 20th Century. He lives in many different places, meeting by chance figures who are related to some of the most important events or movements of that century. He mainly lives by the pen – having early success in his twenties as an author, he then struggles to write anything more; instead his diaries become his great ouvre. Mountstuart makes many mistakes, and finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time rather often – but his character is sound and I really felt for him in the darker times of his life. Mountstuart has a credo very similar to my own – every life is made up of the good luck you have, and the bad luck. There’s no more to it than that.