It was at an event for The Secret Diary of a 1970s’ Secretary, that I was approached by two older women who were delighted that someone had, at last, written a book about what it was like to have worked as a secretary, although that hadn't exactly been my intention. This intrigued me. I felt sure the subject must have been covered already. As it turned out, during the 70s there was an interest in secretaries in academic circles which spilled over into the women’s pages of newspapers, but since then little has been published about them.
Drawing on the reminiscences of more than 60 former secretaries, this book describes the everyday working lives of secretaries in the 1970s, and compares them with their depictions in popular media and by feminists of the time. What emerges is a more nuanced picture, one that is revealing, authentic and amusing. It vividly evokes the world of typewriters, telephones and Tippex, and is a must for former secretaries and anyone with an interest in social history.