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Here Today Gone Tomorrow: Memoirs of an Errant Politician [Hardcover]

John Nott
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  • Hardcover: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Politico's Publishing Ltd; First Edition edition (1 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842750305
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842750308
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.3 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 651,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A superb memoir" -- The Times - Michael Gove

"It is the awkward passion not the mellow recollection which renders this an outstanding autobiography. There is much here that historians will prize." -- Sunday Telegraph - Matthew Parris

"John Nott's memoirs catch fire... Nott writes attractively throughout." -- The Guardian - Douglas Hurd

"Who would have thought that John Nott had some much of interest to tell us?" -- Daily Mirror - Paul Routledge

It is the style and its candour that makes this book an excellent read. -- John Biffen, The Spectator

Nott has composed one of the best memoirs of the era; it is likely to become an essential source for future historians of that period. -- Simon Heffer, Literary Review

What makes the book remarkably entertaining and readable is Nott's spiky intelligence and candour. -- Norman Lamont, Mail on Sunday


The autobiography of former Defence Secretary Sir John Nott. Nott entered Parliament in 1966 after a career in the City. He became one of Margaret Thatcher's chief lieutenants and was appointed Trade Secretary in her first Cabinet. In 1981 he moved across to Defence where he implemented a wide ranging Defence Review. He was Defence Secretary in the Falklands War Cabinet but left Parliament at the 1983 election. He went on to become chairman of Lazard Brothers and Hillsdown Holdings. He now farms in Cornwall.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An unusually frank political autobiography 24 Mar 2002
By A Customer
At first sight you wouldn't think John Nott was that exciting. But his walking out of an interview with Robin Day spawned the title to this book, and at least it shows he has a pretty well developed sense of humour. Much of the book is not about politics. The first chapter is a history of the Nott family. Rather boring you might think, but au contraire. It turns out Nott's Great Great Grandfather was the Head of British Forces in Afghanistan in the 1840s. Nott gives a fascinating account of what went on in the first Afghan War. And the last chapter is all about Nott's love of shooting and fishing, and his farm in Cornwall. But perhaps the highlight of the book is the contribution from his Slovene wife Miloska. She writes various separate pieces, including a gripping account of her life under the Nazis and then the Communists in Slovenia. She also seems to have had the patience of a saint, having to put up with Nott's political and then City careers.
This is a well written and unusual memoir, which won't just appeal to political anoraks. But there's plenty there for them too. Nott's relations with Ted Heath and Margaret Thatcher are particularly entertaining. Suffice it to say he doesn't think much of Heath and although he is not uncritical of Thatcher, he recognises her as the dominating influence in latter 20th century politics.
I see this book received a brilliant review from Anthony Howard in the Sunday Times. It deserved it as it's one of the better political memoirs of recent years.
And well done to Politico's, the publishers, for seeing the potential of a book which I suspect others did not.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good light political autobiography 19 Nov 2002
By JohnW
We remember John Nott as a politician. But he has had several careers - firstly in the Army, then as a politician, then as head of an investment bank, then as chairman of a food manufacturing company, and now he has "retired" and farms in the west country. So the stories he has to tell are laced with examples and experience from varied perspectives. It is a light read for a political autobiography, not at all heavy going. Sometimes he leaves the reader asking more questions than he answers. And for anyone who thinks we should join the euro, he makes a cogent case for keeping the pound from each of his perspectives!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A man who can laugh at himself. 20 Sep 2013
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I remember seeing, live, the infamous interview that gave rise to the title. Agood read but probably not for everyone.
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