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Diaries, 1971-1983 [Kindle Edition]

James Lees-Milne , Michael Bloch
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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'Acute observation is coupled with entertaining literary style and ever-present humour . . . Michael Bloch has edited these diaries formidably well' (Bevis Hillier)

'Woefully funny, elegantly observed, appallingly indiscreet, these diaries are the best record we have of a world still recognizable but fast vanishing beneath the waves of history' (Peter Parker)

'His pages abound in delightful shafts of self-revelation . . . a singularly funny, modest, sweet, lovable gentleman whose controversial prose is yet infused with a poetic vision of the essence of Old England' (Hugh Massingberd)

'Raw emotions, fearlessly expressed, spice every page' (Duff Hart-Davis)

'Always honest, always curious, always lovable' (Lynn Barber)

'What matters the clash of titans, when a clear and fastidious intellect shares its preoccupation with the minutiae of a civilised gentleman's day?' (Alan Clark)

'The qualities which make his diaries addictive reading include a sense of the ridiculous, and a total frankness about whatever shows him at a disadvantage. He is wonderfully observant, and his sheer humanity shines out on every page' (The Field)

'Unquestionably one of the greatest English diarists, a rival to Pepys' (David Watkin)

Book Description

The second of the trilogy of abridged volumes from the diaries praised as 'one of the treasures of English literature'


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 819 KB
  • Print Length: 516 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0719566835
  • Publisher: Hodder; Abridged edition (21 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006HAPQOM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Brutally honest diary, but of its time 24 Nov 2012
By Chris Pearson VINE VOICE
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The footnotes read like extracts from Debretts, supporting a lot of lunching, motoring and aristocratic hobnobbing.

So why read theses diaries?

They provide an insight into the way of life of blue bloods, who, although these diaries were written in the `70s and early `80s, were still living in `the past'.

I'm sure his entries about being `tucked up' with other boys, or letching after teenage girls would be expunged now, but that aside, these diaries are eloquently written using the kind of language and descriptions we rarely hear these days.

And whilst they also reek of snobbishness, prejudice and contain many acerbic and indiscreet comments about people, politicians, royalty, `new money' and the demise of standards, JLM is a least honest to himself, sharing things in his diary that he would not have with others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye to all that... 27 Aug 2014
By Steve13
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A man very much of a time and out of time. I am particularly interested in his take on these years in particular. He writes well and with an unfailing honesty about his own shortcomings while also being snobbishly brutal about others. However, a surprising generousity crops up here and there.This is an England that has gone. While that may have been inevitable and even necessary and certainly there was a whole caste of people who were, in their own way, as dreadful as those they looked down upon seemed to them, there is an erudition, a swathe of knowledge and a real love of culture that we are losing.
Fascinating, infuriating and very entertaining.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't put down 11 Dec 2014
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I find all Lees-Milnes diaries fascinating, can't put down books. i originally read all the individual books from the library and meant to buy them all eventually then this 3 book abridged collection came out and I bought these instead, this is the middle one, and does not disappoint and has a view additional entries from the original.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Stately homo 9 Feb 2010
By lifeclearout VINE VOICE
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I agree with this book's earlier reviewer, Mr Ray, that the best quality here is the honesty. JLM is a pretty awful character, it seems to me, but he's quite unflinching when examining his own failures.
There are some great moments... JLM's encounters with royalty (not something he seems to have enjoyed) are always interesting for the glimpse they give into how the royals behave when they are amongst their own, as it were. And there are some fascinating reminders of a world now gone, such as the moment in 1983 when, for the first time, JLM sees somebody speaking into an "oversized portable telephone."
Overall though, the huge number of really quite dull entries about National Trust properties and their gardens, combined with endless footnotes about forgotten aristos make this book hard work, though it does improve towards the end.
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