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    Diaries, 1971-1983 (Hardback) By (author) James Lees-Milne, By (author) Michael Bloch


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    DescriptionJames Lees-Milne (1908--97) has been hailed as the greatest English diarist of the twentieth century. Funny, indiscreet, candid, touching and sharply observed, his journals both reveal a fascinating personality and hold up a mirror to the times. This second compilation from the original twelve volumes (also incorporating interesting new material), covers his life during his sixties and early seventies, when he was living in Gloucestershire with his formidable wife Alvilde. Having made his name as the country house expert of the National Trust and a writer on architecture, he sought to establish himself as a novelist and biographer. With some misgivings he published his wartime diaries, little imagining that it was as a diarist that he would achieve lasting fame. These diaries vividly portray the vicissitudes of a writer's lot, the merry-go-round of life on the Badminton estate of the eccentric Duke of Beaufort, and meetings with many friends including John Betjeman, Bruce Chatwin and the Mitford sisters.But perhaps they are most remarkable for the poignancy with which they depict the writer's own feelings of joy, regret, frustration, amusement and love -- including a tendresse for the editor of this volume.

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    Diaries, 1971-1983
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James Lees-Milne, By (author) Michael Bloch
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 512
    Width: 161 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 42 mm
    Weight: 880 g
    ISBN 13: 9780719566820
    ISBN 10: 0719566827

    BIC subject category V2: DSK
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: DSBH, BGLA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.5A
    Libri: I-HP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15980
    BIC subject category V2: AVQ
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    DC22: 828.91403
    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000
    Thema V1.0: DSK, DSBH, AVQ, DNBL1
    John Murray General Publishing Division
    Imprint name
    John Murray Publishers Ltd
    Publication date
    06 September 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Michael Bloch read law at St John's College, Cambridge, and was called to the bar by the Inner Temple. Appointed James Lees-Milne's literary executor in 1997, he edited the final five volumes of the complete diary and is currently writing his biography.
    Review quote
    'Acute observation is coupled with entertaining literary style and ever-present humour ... Michael Bloch has edited these diaries formidably well' -- Bevis Hillier 'Woefully funny, elegantly observed, appallingly indiscreet, these diaries are the best record we have of a world still recognizable but fast vanishing beneath the waves of history' -- Peter Parker 'His pages abound in delightful shafts of self-revelation ... a singularly funny, modest, sweet, lovable gentleman whose controversial prose is yet infused with a poetic vision of the essence of Old England' -- Hugh Massingberd 'Raw emotions, fearlessly expressed, spice every page' -- Duff Hart-Davis 'Always honest, always curious, always lovable' -- Lynn Barber 'What matters the clash of titans, when a clear and fastidious intellect shares its preoccupation with the minutiae of a civilised gentleman's day?' -- Alan Clark 'The qualities which make his diaries addictive reading include a sense of the ridiculous, and a total frankness about whatever shows him at a disadvantage. He is wonderfully observant, and his sheer humanity shines out on every page' -- The Field 'Unquestionably one of the greatest English diarists, a rival to Pepys' -- David Watkin