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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than any history book
History might be more biased when seen through an individual's eyes, but so it is with any text book author. How much more it comes to life in letters and diaries. The intimate details of the private personae of so many famous and influential people of the 20th century are a continuous fascination in this book, as are the wit, the personal comments, descriptions and...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A one-sided affair
The letters of Diana Cooper to her son are delightfully warm, amusing and intelligent. Unfortunately, they are almost entirely (with the exception of a single letter at the start of each section) by her. It would have been infinitely more involving if there were an equal quantity of missives from son to mother. As it is, it's like watching a tennis match where you only...
Published 9 months ago by T. Bently


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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than any history book, 28 Jan 2014
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History might be more biased when seen through an individual's eyes, but so it is with any text book author. How much more it comes to life in letters and diaries. The intimate details of the private personae of so many famous and influential people of the 20th century are a continuous fascination in this book, as are the wit, the personal comments, descriptions and nicknames never intended for publication. An absolute delight as well as an insightful view into the centre of a very momentous period around the second world war.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rivetting and delightful, 24 Oct 2013
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Graeme Withers (Melbourne, Australia) - See all my reviews
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The whole book is more than the early section about the Battle for Britain/Blitz, but that is the standout. Historians should use it as a primary source for information on what it was like to live in London in those times - I know no better.

She will, as she always has, divide opinion given her standing as a socialite and member of the Establishment - the least of our woes as we read the amazing good prose, the warmth and sincerity of a writer communicating from strength.

The Christmas present par excellence for those who relish a great book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, mischievous, ever entertaining, 14 Nov 2013
From the Blitz to Bognor, the Paris Embassy to the gym at the Dorchester, Lady Diana Cooper writes with enormous style, perception and sense of fun. These are not just a wonderful primary source of the period, and a hugely amusing read, but also at times extremely moving in their portrayal of a mother/son relationship. They most definitely don't make 'em like her any more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LETTER WRITER EXTRAORDINAIRE, 2 July 2014
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This review is from: Darling Monster: The Letters of Lady Diana Cooper to her Son John Julius Norwich 1939-1952 (Kindle Edition)
Beautifully written letters. It was hard sometimes to realise that at the beginning she was writing to a child of 10 or 11. But it brought alive some of the privations of the war. She wrote as she thought, and that's a gift. What a good thing that John Julius Norwich kept her letters, so that others - apart from himself - can enjoy these wonderful, funny and witty letters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A joy., 2 July 2014
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D. A. G. Charles "Notabanker" (Cambridge, UK.) - See all my reviews
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Love everything about Duff Cooper. I loved his Diary, edited by his son. My favourite book. This gives the other side of the story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Darling Monster, 18 May 2014
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I like this book, full of interest and wit . Easy to pick up and put down as in letter form which are mostly fairly long and individual without too much repetition
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super book, 8 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Darling Monster: The Letters of Lady Diana Cooper to her Son John Julius Norwich 1939-1952 (Kindle Edition)
A gorgeous record for JJ to treasure. Felt very privileged to be allowed to share his mother's views on world affairs at a very interesting period of history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars darling monster, 31 Jan 2014
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Reading it at the moment and really enjoying it, I heard it on radio 4 as the story of the week and decided to buy the book, glad I did
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A one-sided affair, 7 Nov 2013
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T. Bently "tbently" (Berkshire, England) - See all my reviews
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The letters of Diana Cooper to her son are delightfully warm, amusing and intelligent. Unfortunately, they are almost entirely (with the exception of a single letter at the start of each section) by her. It would have been infinitely more involving if there were an equal quantity of missives from son to mother. As it is, it's like watching a tennis match where you only see Roger Federer serving.
Having said that, there are some fascinating insights into wartime life. I particularly enjoyed an account of Winston Churchill being hauled up a gorge with the aid of a tablecloth during a picnic near Algiers.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 17 Oct 2013
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A really enjoyable read and entertaining insight into the heart of affairs before, during and after the second world war
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