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Another Self [Kindle Edition]

James Lees-Milne
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Available in eBook for the first time ANOTHER SELF, James Lees-Milne’s delightfully funny autobiography, deals with a series of bizarre episodes from his early life, including his childhood, his army career and his work for the National Trust. It is the ideal complement to his famous diaries, which begin at the point where ANOTHER SELF ends.

This edition includes a new introduction by Michael Bloch, author of JAMES LEES-MILNE: THE LIFE (also available as an Amazon eBook).

Praise for ANOTHER SELF:

“What a rare delight to read a book that induces helpless laughter – fresh, funny and poignant, and a wonderful confirmation that the upper classes were (and possibly still are) barking mad… a unique treasure” – Daily Mail

“Wonderfully funny” – Daily Express

“May well be the funniest autobiography of all” - Sunday Times

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In his book, James Lees-Milne recalls the early years of his life. He tells of when he started prep school with an entrance so absurd it haunts him until the day he leaves; his family; his military experiences during WWII; and his role in saving decaying houses for the infant National Trust.

About the Author

James Lees-Milne died in 1997. Once Country Houses Secretary of the National Trust, he is now best known for his memoirs and diaries, described by Jeremy Lewis as second to none in their comicality, rueful self-knowledge and feline observations.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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An odd mixture of lovely stories and silly self-centred twaddle. Having read a couple of the diaries, I was looking forward to his inimitable style, and a fund of insight on a very interesting life. Instead, I feel rather short-changed, and more than a little disappointed. Early years are mostly fantasy, it seems, and the whole thing stopped just after the war. I suspect he became more than bored with it.
So, it's really not essential in Lees-Milne's canon, and rather a let-down if you've already read his other stuff.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching and funny 8 Jun. 2012
By hiljean VINE VOICE
This is one of the most exquisitely well-written memoirs I have read. I was stimulated to pick it up after finishing Wait For Me! by Deborah Devonshire (Mitford) who refers to "Jim" Lees-Milne several times in her book. Lees-Milne was a close friend of Tom Mitford who died in WW2; that he also was a founding star of the National Trust I was previously ignorant.

The early chapters on his family background are funny but poignant. His father was an emotionally cold martinet, and his mother a fey whimsical creature, dearly loved but hopelessly impractical. Lees-Milne, on leaving Eton with little academic credit, was enrolled on a secretarial course in the absence of any better ideas, but was fortunate in one of his early employers and went on to greater things.

The chapter headed simply "Theo" is vivid and stirring. His anecdotes of life in London during the bombing are simply told in almost a detached way (oh the careless days of youth!) but seem to have even more impact for that.

This is by no means a full memoir; many of the details have to be guessed at, but it is engaging and a plesure to read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Writing 19 July 2010
By Rodney
Having read the paperback with difficulty due to its binding of pages I bought the hardcover to do proper justice
to Lees-Milne's writing and imagination. The felicity of his writing could make any subject fascinating and this particular
look back on his life is brilliant on its own.
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