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Excellent gossipy romp through the bizarre Major years,
By A Customer
This review is from: Breaking The Code: The Brandreth Diaries: Westminster Diaries, 1992-97 (Paperback)
This book is a minor political masterpiece, and I say this as an avowed lefty. Its genius lies in the fact that it can be read on two levels. Firstly as a magnificently gossipy, fruity ( occassionally bitchy) romp through the frankly bizarre Major years. Secondly, though, one also gets a deceptively acute analsis of the theatre of absurdity that is our parliamentary process. Mercifully, this book is largely free of the fluff and nonsense that many a TV viewer may associate the author with. Indeed, Brandreth's self-deprecatory humour throughout is one of the book's principle charms. This certainly ranks alongside Alan Clark's diaries and for me is ultimately a warmer and more human book. I would recommend it heartily to anyone with even a smidgen of political curiosity, with the possible exception of the mercilessly lampooned Harriet Harman.