I can think of few other books that have given a more refreshing and enlightening picture of a personality one already thought familiar. Britten s youthful character leaps off every page, and one feels the whole milieu of artistic and musical London in the 1930s. it is just not a self-portrait of the composer as a young man, but a fascinating glimpse at an all-too-brief period of exciting discovery and innovation. --Patrick O Connor, Literary Review
A revealing and intimate collection of diary entries from one of the greatest English composers of the twentieth century.