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Beneath a Waning Moon: Diaries, 1985-1987

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  5 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Those who know James Lees-Milne already will be prepared for the unexpected, and they will not be disappointed. Those new to him may be surprised to find - along with his honesty and perceptiveness - the almost surreal oddness of some of his anecdotes. The thoughts, pleasures and regrets of those who appear in these pages are similarly interesting. The Prince of Wales ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by John Murray Publishers (first published 2003)
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Alan King
Jul 28, 2014 Alan King rated it did not like it
Snippets of gossip about the lives of the British aristocracy. Lees-Milne seems to have met everybody in Debrett's Peerage. I read about him when he was mentioned in an interview with Larry McMurtry who was just finishing the 12th instalment of the diaries. LM is a very good writer so one would think he'd have good taste. It turns out Lees-Milne was a doddering, vicious, fascist-sympathizing snob whose closest friend was Deborah Mitford, wife of Oswald Mosley. The former head of the National ...more
GeraniumCat
I enjoyed it - endless gossip about the upper classes and their houses (and dogs...), snobbish and opinionated, but J L-M was a member and product of an antiquated class system. When he gets onto the subject he knows most about, houses, he's fascinating. I'd like to go back to some of the early diaries, written before he got old and a bit querulous, but the library doesn't have them - most frustrating.
MargCal
"Beneath a Waning Moon, Diaries 1985-1987" by James Lees-Milne (read June 2013)
Umpteen volumes down (or so it seems), two volumes to go. Interesting social history from a man deeply involved with the (UK) National Trust.
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James Lees-Milne (1908-1997) was an English writer and expert on country houses.

Biography
He was a noted biographer and historian, and is also considered one of the twentieth century's great diarists. He came from a family of landed gentry and grew up in Worcestershire. He attended Lockers Park Prep School, Eton and Oxford University. In 1936 he was appointed secretary of the Country House Committe
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