Alan Clark

Alan Clark : The Biography

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Celebrated diarist, famous womaniser, Tory MP and controversial minister - a castle-owning toff and lecherous cad to some, to others a colourful and life-enhancing figure - Alan Clark was politically incorrect before the term was invented. He is best remembered for his sensational diaries - but what of the man? Alan Clark rarely spoke about his upbringing, even to his family. Was it as unhappy as he hinted? Ion Trewin has had unrestricted access to extensive family papers (including twenty years of unpublished diaries). He has talked to politicians, to those who knew him at the prep school which burnt down, to friends at Eton and Oxford, and to some of the many women he found impossible to resist despite a loving marriage of forty-one years. From his struggles to teach himself to write to formidable historian and diarist, from his enthusiasm for Margaret Thatcher to the 'drunk at the Commons dispatch box' affair, ALAN CLARK THE BIOGRAPHY is a revealing and absorbing account of a remarkable and unforgettable man.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 36mm | 458.13g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations (some col.), ports. (some col.)
  • 0753827069
  • 9780753827062
  • 396,727

About Ion Trewin

Originally a journalist and Literary Editor of THE TIMES, 1972-9, Ion Trewin moved into publishing in 1980. He was Alan Clark's editor and publisher from 1992 until his death, and has since edited two further volumes of Alan Clark's DIARIES. His edition of THE HUGO YOUNG PAPERS won the C4 2009 POLITICAL BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD. Married with a son and daughter, he has since 2006 been literary director of the Man Booker prizes. He was chairman of the Cheltenham Literature Festival 1996-2007.show more

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'This is, unsuprisingly, a highly entertaining biography' SUNDAY TIMES 'Hats off to Ion Trewin for taking him on and for doing full justice to such a complex subject.' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'Mr Trewin tackles this colourful life with professional skill - the footnotes are a good read on their own.' CONTEMPORARY REVIEWshow more

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