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Brutally honest diary, but of its time
on 24 November 2012
The footnotes read like extracts from Debretts, supporting a lot of lunching, motoring and aristocratic hobnobbing.
So why read theses diaries?
They provide an insight into the way of life of blue bloods, who, although these diaries were written in the `70s and early `80s, were still living in `the past'.
I'm sure his entries about being `tucked up' with other boys, or letching after teenage girls would be expunged now, but that aside, these diaries are eloquently written using the kind of language and descriptions we rarely hear these days.
And whilst they also reek of snobbishness, prejudice and contain many acerbic and indiscreet comments about people, politicians, royalty, `new money' and the demise of standards, JLM is a least honest to himself, sharing things in his diary that he would not have with others.