THE DIARY OF MASHIE BLACK
This is first part of a genuine diary originally written in 1935 by an eighteen-year-old girl known as Mashie Black. Her thoughts and observations made during a month long voyage on a ship sailing from Birkenhead to Singapore are eloquently recorded, and her new life in Singapore is beautifully described. This printed version of the diary covers May and June of 1935.
The miniature book is part one of The Diary of Mashie Black and is assembled by hand from printed ivory coloured 160gsm paper folded into concertina-pages and bound in a buckram hardcover, and wrapped in a lilac bellyband.
Extract from The Diary of Mashie Black (Part One)
Friday 31st of May 1935
''Arrived at Suez by 5.30am at which time I wrote a letter to Rita. Sat roasting in the morning and made an ink stain on my best blue jumper. Saw some sharks over 15/f long. Mount Sinai was very hazy. They were filling up the bathing pool this evening. Also spilt milk at dinner to-night- the beef is like leather too, whilst the so-called Turkey runs it a good second for elasticity.''