by Alan Clark
From the moment the first scabrous and brilliant volume was published, people wanted more. Now they have it and they will not be disappointed. These diaries are not wonderful simply because they show a politician unafraid to say what he thinks, and refusing to suck up to those whom he represents. They are great because they show all sides of a man who was, within his compl...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published September 21st 2000 by Phoenix
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I have to confess to finding these hard going, probably because the minutiae of political jockeying is not really my thing. However, they have such a reputation that I put aside my qualms in order to read them. Maybe it's because so much of what was sensational when they were published is now well-known, or maybe I've been spoilt by the tight story arc possible in a novel although seldom obvious in real life, but I didn't find the detail fascinating enough to compensate for my lack of interest i...more
Alan Clark represents a world so different from mine, politically, culturally and financially, but I can't help loving his diaries for their honesty and fragility. Their account of the workings of government and the futility of much of what goes on there, ruled as it is by routine, the civil service and ministerial ambition and vanity, is truly enlightening and entertaining.