Alan Clark: A Life in his Own Words: The Complete Diaries 1972 - 1999 Paperback – 2 Sep 2010
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written with fearlessly indiscreet honesty (Harry Ritchie DAILY MAIL)
A rollicking good read about a rogering rogue. (SUNDAY MERCURY)
Deserving of the most fulsome praise, this is a must-read for anyone who has not been touched by his charm. (CATHOLIC HERALD)
Some of the most talked about books of recent years, Alan Clark's diaries provide a witty and irreverant insider's account of political life in Britain. Now in one volume.See all Product description
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He was born to rich and influential parents, lived a spoiled and privileged existence and really didn't ever do an honest days work in his life. He is not someone about whom I would normally want to read. The Diaries are, however, a fascinating eye witness account of the rise of 'Thatcherism' and the domination of UK politics by the Tories for the best part of 20 years.
AC kept the diaries for his own benefit and they are completely frank and open. The stories about colleagues are 'warts & all' and often very amusing. AC had wit and public schoolboy distain for the lower classes. He was as far from being PC as it is possible to be. His own lifestyle was hedonistic and one is left staggered by the risk that he took whilst in public office. I was amazed by what he 'got away with' and I guess that his reputation with the Party and Government meant that he was never able to aspire to the highest offices (although I don't think that he realised himself that this was the problem).
A must read and I recall that the price was buttons!