4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 26 April 2011
As an afficionado of diaries since being given The Assassins Cloak compendium as a starter ten years ago, I approached the three volumes of Violet Bonham Carter with some doubts since they do not appear in that volume. It is true that they lack the brilliance of style and the memorable sayings of the very best. But for anyone interested in how British society and top level politics evolved in the first half of the C20, viewed from the perspective of Asquith's daughter, Churchill's friend and acute observer of the Liberal Party, this like the other two volumes is a good read. The combination of privileged and radical offers a distinctive vantage point on events. If you enjoyed Nicolson and Channon's diaries, these could be your cup of tea.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 16 January 2010
Having read several volumes of diaries recently, mostly by women, I think that my tentative conclusion is that the big, important British diaries (and books of memoirs) of the 20th Century were all published some time ago, as were those of less import but containing great interest: Churchill, Nicholson, Wyatt, Alan Clark et al. Now all that is left are volumes of trivia, not entirely without interest but really not of the first water, raked over in excruciating detail by academics and researchers needing to publish or die (as in American academia). This book must fall into the latter category of publications.
Violet Bonham-Carter was the daughter of the Liberal prime minister, Asquith and led a charmed and pampered life, all through that life. These papers are penned in an endless succession of country houses and foreign ports of luxury like Monte Carlo, Lake Lugano etc. They are sometimes to people of literary or other interest, like rupert Brooke, but are mostly domestic trivia. The lady (who, incredibly, was a Member of Parliament for many years and later a life peer), does talk about foreign affairs and does display some intelligence here and there, but her views seem to be mostly taken from the mass media of the day, with a veneer of upper-crustism on top.
Not for me.