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Initial post: 8 Apr 2009 12:55:39 BDT
Not strictly a biography, altho' revelatory throught out the diaries and a bonus of social history of a portion of society which no longer exists in that form.
I began collecting his separate published works but following a house fire lost them all, now I have the three volumes 1942-1997. Endlessly re-readable because funny,elitist and wide ranging.
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Posted on 25 May 2009 18:34:31 BDT
Duncan Bush says:
I've read the diaries in sequence and am now up to 1975. Most fascinating, for me, on the early days of the National Trust, and the gossip on various literary figures. Jim was an essential figure in the development of the NT, and his indefatigableness, enthusiasm and knowledge of architecture made him the perfect choice for the task. He is an always likeable diarist, though his political views seem old-fashioned now. He's particularly good when read aloud on long car journeys, helping keep both driver and reader awake and fully interested in the world beyond the road seen through a windscreen.

Posted on 7 Jun 2009 17:44:10 BDT
P. Fenton says:
I've read and reread the Diaries since rhey first appeared. Jim is a delightful Character, funny, witty, caring, brash, but at the same time rather insecure and slightly hypochrondiacal. A fascinating study of bisexuality
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