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4.16  ·  Rating details ·  80 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
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 (first published October 2nd 1995)
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Jun 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The extraordinary thing about reading diaries is that you are already aware of how events unfolded. Predictions can be accurate or miles wide of the mark. Events that you know are on the horizon, like Thatcher's fall from power, seem inconceivable. There's also something rather tragic linked to reading a man's ambitions and knowing they will not be fulfilled.

I found the last 100 pages or so incredibly moving, with Clark exultant about his return to government and his prospects for taking a grip
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
Gitte Lindberg
Sep 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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.
Holley Peterson
Not for everyone, obviously; political memoirs of career bon vivant, gaining traction in Thatcher's No. 10 - hilariously dismissive of all but one's own self - gloriously self centred, catty, gossip filled, adulterous, often tipsy, bright, observant, gifted and melancholy - the distillation of a certain (mostly now disappeared) type of Englishman.
Peter Miller
Jan 04, 2011 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Sort of addictive. Feel like I know more about 1974 than the present day. And there's not much substance, so I suppose it is a trick of the brain.
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Alan Clark was an English Conservative MP, historian and diarist.

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