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Date: 29th January 2013

There has obviously been interest in the Diaries.

Might I offer some advice.

If possible try and obtain the 1956 English hardback edition published by Staple Press Ltd. England.

Although there are no photos this edition does contain the very interesting Appendices concerning the Death certificate, the tributes etc.  These are missing from the 2000 Edition printed in English - heaven knows why. My two copies are ex library editions and in very good condition.

Over the years I've obtained many copies from various sources in order to hand them to prospective film makers.  Be careful with the paperback edition - I received one which was in poor condition and almost fell apart.

If your French is good then purchase the Unexpurgated version printed in France in 2000.  Jacqueline Quentin gave me an autographed copy with an inscription in her lovely but shaky handwriting.  I treasure it.

My other treasures are the two copies in French printed in 1949 - they are paperback but in relatively good condition considering how old they are.  One copy arrived and would you believe it, stuck on an inside page was a small calling card which had been sent by Madame O Mouchotte to some friends who'd obviously kept the card and then attached it to the book.  When I showed the book to Jacqueline Quentin, she remarked that it was the card of her grandmother.

I expect there might be quite a run on the book now so happy hunting.

A Bientôt,  Jan

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