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Diaries, 1942-1954: James Lees-Milne: v. 1 Hardcover – 21 Sep 2006
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'These diaries are one of the treasures of English literature. They make the most strangely addictive reading . . . Artless though they may seem, they will outlive the era's paltry novels and lame verses' (David Sexton)
'As part of the filigree scaffolding of social history, these diaries are unsurpassed' (Brian Masters)
If you want to experience the merry-go-round of upper-middle-class life in the twentieth century, you can do no better than follow Lees-Milne, as sharp-tongued, melancholy, jaundiced and reactionary a commentator as ever lived (Susan Hill)
'Funny and touching, honest and personal, prejudiced and tolerant, fully of strangely riveting anecdotes' (John Betjeman)
'It is hard to imagine a better reporter from this particular world and generation' (Candia McWilliam)
'A superb chronicler of the human condition' (Hugh Massingberd)
'My favourite diarist of the twentieth century' (Alan Clark)
'Lees-Milne's humour and intelligence shine through, making this account of a tempestuous dozen years an illuminating and enjoyable read' (Alexander Larman, New Statesman)
'Lees-Milne is probably the diarist who comes closest to bring the Samuel Pepys of his age. Spontaneous, personal and intimate, but at the same time knowledgeable, gossipy and urbane, Lees-Milne's diaries effortlessly convey the flavor - or, rather, the many flavors - of the many places in which he lived' (Merle Rubin, The Washington Times)
'Here is just the right Christmas gift for the ever so slightly sniffy-cum-snooty set who are tricky to please, but like an occasional burst of malicious gossip' (Paul James, Torquay Herald Express)
The first of three abridged volumes of 'the greatest diarist of our times'
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