‘. . . this amateur (in the best sense) attempt to document historical and literary diarists is a great browse. Truly a labour of love by one individual, over  diarists can be accessed through a variety of lists, including alphabetically, chronologically and by profession, and for each there is a brief biographical summary, journal dates and a few links. This isn’t the site for in depth information on any of the diarists but it does provide a good overview of journal-writers from 838 right up to the present day.’ Michelle Pauli, The Guardian.
‘The Diary Junction is one of those wonderful privately maintained public resources for which the Internet is justly celebrated: a database of information about celebrated and obscure diaries from all historical periods, with referrals to the dates the diaries cover, where the originals are held and bibliographic information on published versions. Nevertheless, it can be a little daunting to find your way in, so the Junction's curator, Paul K Lyons, has created a blog in which he regularly dispenses select morsels from the feast. The diarists range from famous writers to obscure shopkeepers, and expound on subjects such as war, politics, baseball, art and marriage -- in essence, the stuff that our days and nights are made of.’ Laura Miller, Salon
Delicious diaries - Sussex Life (Freddie Lawrence)
The political class loves to keep public diaries, of course, but for me the really enticing reads are those private journals not originally intended for publication. This hugely entertaining selection gives the best of both worlds . . . The city has long provoked extremes of loathing and loyalty, and this selection is splendidly full of delicious examples.
A moment in time - The Argus (Nione Meakin)
Paul K Lyons talks about ‘unlocking the city’s secrets’: ‘Whether as a liberal paradise, a “hello-goodbye tinsel town” or even, as Virginia Woolf sniffed, “a love corner for slugs”, Brighton rarely fails to make an impression on people. The city has attracted the attention of some of our most famous writers, artists and other prominent figures over the years, many of whom recorded their thoughts in journals. . . collated in Paul Lyons’ Brighton In Diaries, a book he describes as “a collection of cameos of people, famous and ordinary, young and old, serious and cynical, but with Brighton always setting the scene; like a play, perhaps, in which, despite a medley of brilliant actors and a plot full of intriguing storylines, it is the set, the backdrop, that really steals the show.”
Brighton in Diaries available from The History Press, Amazon and other online booksellers.