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Love his columns in The Times
on 20 May 2017
This is hardly a hot off the press review, as the most recent edition of this book was published in 2013, but I have only just discovered it, and if you haven't, then you should too.
Love his columns in The Times? This is better still, Many hysterically funny anecdotes, but also a great deal of reflective comment. More personal memoir than I expect he found it easy to write, as I have him down as an essentially extremely private man, although highly sociable. But he's also scrupulously honest, so if he tells a tale he tells it all and doesn't leave out any of the bits of it that he feels might not exactly redound to his own credit. Nor am I sure just how much he likes himself, and a sense of uneasiness in his own skin occasionally comes across.
Sometimes (I find this in his Times columns too) I can't understand how he gets to the conclusions he does. For example, his insights into Margaret Thatcher's character and personality are razor sharp, well punctuated with anecdotes that will have you bent double with laughter. She comes across as utterly im-possible. Yet he adored her. Most people who had to endure the same relationship with her would have
I read so many bits aloud to my husband (always an unkind thing to do to anyone) that he must have felt we were reading the whole thing together. Yet, he has now demanded the purchase of the hardback version, which tells its own story.
Do read it.