Friend’s masterpiece in a convenient form
The Donald Friend Diaries: Chronicles & Confessions of an Australian Artist
edited by Ian Britain (foreword by Barry Humphries)
Text Publishing, $45 pb, 490 pp, 9781921656705
For some sixty years Donald Friend kept a diary, making his final entry just days before his death in 1989 at the age of seventy-four. The National Library of Australia published them in four massive volumes between 2001 and 2006. They were intractable. You needed an axe to cut through the stream of consciousness which flowed from an uncensoring pen.