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Diaries: Volume II 1992-1997 [Hardcover]

Edwina Currie
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18 Sep 2012
Love her or hate her Edwina Currie falls comfortably into that category of celebrity you simply cannot ignore. The first edition of her diaries explosively revealed her affair with former Prime Minister John Major. This second volume, which begins in 1992 with her refusal to serve in Major s Cabinet, is no less revelatory about her colleagues, encounters with others in the public eye, and, of course, her extraordinary love life. It covers her life in Parliament up to the election of Blair s Labour government, but more importantly sees its subject s emergence as a mainstay in the public imagination, first as a bestselling author, then as a commentator, broadcaster, presenter and performer most recently on the BBC s flagship entertainment show Strictly Come Dancing. Shot through with her trademark effervescence and sense of fun, Edwina Currie Diaries: Volume II documents one of the biggest characters in British public life at her saucy, scathing best. Frank and funny, you can t put her down Time Out Few women can lay claim to the word magnificent , but Currie is now surely one of them Daily Telegraph


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Biteback Publishing (18 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849543283
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849543286
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.1 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 427,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I applaud her refusal to dissemble, and spare fellow politicos' blushes" Barbara Ellen, The Observer "I can't wait for the next edition" Richard Littlejohn, Daily Mail "fearless, outspoken and ruthlessly honest and I guiltily confess to having been riveted by every withering word" --Sandra Howard, Daily Mail

"magnificently entertaining" Sunday Times Culture "Edwina s second volume of diaries (1992-1997) are required reading for anyone wishing to sit in the Commons" --Jerry Hayes, The Spectator

About the Author

Edwina Currie came to prominence as a minister in Margaret Thatcher s Conservative government. Since then she has been a best-selling author, with novels such as A Parliamentary Affair and A Woman s Place. A frequent contributor to news and current affairs programmes including Sky News, BBC TV s Newsnight and Question Time, she is rarely out of the public eye. Most recently she has appeared on All Star Family Fortunes, Come Dine With Me and Strictly Come Dancing. She lives in Derbyshire and London. Distributed

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a diary worth publishing... 24 Oct 2012
By Izzy
Format:Hardcover
This book falls short of expectation...it is nothing more than a continuous rant. EC comes across throughout this period as an egocentric wannabe fighting for position in Westminster and striving desperately to top the best-seller list! It tells little of the political climate of the time...more about one woman's obsessive ambition. Not a pleasant read!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Self Indulgent 23 Sep 2012
By Dr Barry Clayton TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Only someone who thought they were very important would write 3 volumes of diaries as Currie has done. Even for a politician this is self-importance of a very high degree.
This volume is simply dreadful. It reeks of vanity, frustration and arrogance, and this from a very light-weight politician.

Her sordid affair with John Major clearly gave Currie the impression that it would result in preferment when Major picked his cabinet. Her failure to get a cabinet post has ever since festered in Currie's brain, as has her dislike of Major, ever since.

Her attack on John Major is disgraceful, unremitting, petty,venomous and completely out of order. This clearly is a case of a woman scorned despite her claims that Major ended the affair.One can only feel sorry for her husband and family.

Currie is clearly incapable of criticising any politician without descending into cheap invective.She sprays it around feverishly; Thatcher and Widdecombe therefore receive scurrilous attacks from Currie that are based on all too obvious jealousy writ large.

Currie is endowed with moderate intelligence and a poisonousness personality. She also has a massive chip on her shoulder. She actually believed she was prime minister material.

It is impossible to find anything in this book that is other than nasty, rambling, poorly written,and full of hate.

She indulges in fantasies about her abilities as a politician and writer. Her delusions of grandeur are revealed when she tells us how upset she was on the QE2 not to be seated on the Captain's table. On another occasion, plastic flowers disgusted her.

5 lines from the bottom of page 237 she writes:'Am I of any interest to anyone but me?' This reviewer's answer is no you are not.

This is a currie to avoid.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 8 Nov 2012
By Robert
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Too much political stuff which is outdated and you would have had to be an insider to understand. Her first volume was better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read 29 Mar 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
An intriguing lady, funny and doesn't suffer fools gladly. The Diary is a page turner, can't wait to see what comes next!!
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