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Another Self Hardcover – 5 Feb 1998
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So, it's really not essential in Lees-Milne's canon, and rather a let-down if you've already read his other stuff.
The early chapters on his family background are funny but poignant. His father was an emotionally cold martinet, and his mother a fey whimsical creature, dearly loved but hopelessly impractical. Lees-Milne, on leaving Eton with little academic credit, was enrolled on a secretarial course in the absence of any better ideas, but was fortunate in one of his early employers and went on to greater things.
The chapter headed simply "Theo" is vivid and stirring. His anecdotes of life in London during the bombing are simply told in almost a detached way (oh the careless days of youth!) but seem to have even more impact for that.
This is by no means a full memoir; many of the details have to be guessed at, but it is engaging and a plesure to read.
to Lees-Milne's writing and imagination. The felicity of his writing could make any subject fascinating and this particular
look back on his life is brilliant on its own.
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