I have to admit a vested interest in this biography. Freddie is a relative of mine,one,however, who I have never met.He writes about his early life, he is now nearly 80 with candour and honesty. He writes truthfully about his relationshp with his parents Cedric and Irene. I knew about certain episodes in his life, particularly his harsh treatment at Charterhouse School, but there was much I did not know, and enjoyed reading. Freddie is an intellectual, and this shows in his writing, his references to the Greek and Roman writers. His comparative ease with which he quotes in latin and Greek, his wiode redferences to a wide range of authors, and the words that he uses which to him I am sure seem commonplace, but to me I had not even heard of, in some cases could not even pronounce, and without the aid of a good dictionary would have no idea what they meant.Nonetheless this was an enjoyable book, well written, and interesting with the spin that he gives to so many different event, though I am not sure whether the general reader would be quite so interested if they did nopt have some inside information.