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Beneath a Waning Moon: Diaries, 1985-1987 Hardcover – 13 Oct 2003

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray; First edition (13 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719562198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719562198
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 889,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bloch has done a magnificent job editing the diaries, providing excellent footnotes to guide us through this grand social ... They are a wonderful window into a dying realm of stately living, which also grants just a few glimpses of the modern world (Geordie Grieg, LITERARY REVIEW)

By turns hilarious, outrageous, acute and touching (James Ferguson, The Independent)

My favourite diarist of this century (Alan Clark)

Unquestionably one of the greatest English diarists, a rival of Pepys (David Watkin, Country Life)

[Lees-Milne is] as sharp-tongued, melancholy, jaundiced and reactionary a commentator as ever lived. ... he has the keenest of interests in life ... he is scathingly honest with and about himself (The Guardian)

Treasure chest of diary gossip ... brutally honest as ever (The Countryman)

The Diaries remain packed with delicious malice and snobbery (The Field)

A good diarist constructs a series of information time-bombs, set to detonate long after the events he describes have taken place. And, in a gentle sort of way, that is just what James Lees-Milne has done. There will definitely be a few intakes of breath in certain grandees' drawing rooms ... What distinguishes this diary is the cast. There is a good cross-section of people who had a particular social significance. James Lees-Milne was an inveterate socialiser. Never a day passes when he is not at Brooks's or some stately home or whizzing off to see somebody. The diaries are a wonderful window into a dying realm of stately living, which also grants just a few glimpses of the modern world (Geordie Grieg, Literary Review)

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James Lees-Milne has been described as 'the finest, frankest and funniest diarist of the twentieth century'; and his sharpness and wit are undiminished in this, the tenth volume of the series.

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