Diaries : Into Politics

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Alan Clark's Diaries are the best account of the last quarter of a century of British politics. For the hundreds of thousands of readers who were enthralled by the first volume, "The Early Years" will be an event. The long-awaited second installment of one of the great political diaries of the twentieth century. Here Alan Clark covers his apprentice years from his selection as Tory candidate for Plymouth Sutton in 1972 through three elections, the arrival of Margaret Thatcher, the winter of discontent to the triumph of the Falklands. His other enthusiasms not least his family, his home and his love of fast cars are never far away. Of the original volume of "Diaries", "The Times", in a rare accolade in a leading article wrote that the best diarists, from Pepys and Boswell to Chips Channon and Harold Nicolson, have been the souls of indiscretion. But none so indiscreet as Mr Clark. If he is made the scapegoat for the Matrix Churchill affair, he may be written down politically as Baroness Thatchers little loose cannon. But literature and the great British game of gossip will judge him for his diary. For its Pooterish self-assessment, for Mr Toad's enthusiasm for new things, for Byrons cadishness, for its deadly candour, it is one of the great works in the genre.show more

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  • Audio cassette
  • 106 x 140 x 36mm | 240.41g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Abridged
  • Pack
  • 0752832484
  • 9780752832487

About Alan Clark

Alan Clark was Tory MP for Sutton (Plymouth) 1974-92 and more recently was MP for Kensington and Chelsea. He was Minister of Trade, 1986-89, Minister of State, Ministry of Defence 1989-92. His acclaimed works as a historian are referred to above. He died in 1999. Ion Trewin is a London publisher. Originally a journalist, he was Literary Editor of The Times 1972-79. He was Alan Clark's publisher from 1992 until his death, and has since edited two further volumes of Alan Clark's diaries. Married with a son and daughter, he has since 2006 been administrator of the Man Booker prizes. He was chairman of the Cheltenham Literature Festival 1996-2007.show more