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The Duff Cooper Diaries


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The last great 20th century English political and social diaries to be published History from someone close to the seats of power, and with an enthralling social edge, like Alan Clark, Chips, Colville and Pepys Reprinted twice in hardback 'Well-balanced, honest and admirably edited...this is a dazzling self-portrait of a man who lived life to the full, relished it enormously, and gave much joy to others in so doing' Philip Ziegler, Spectator 'Who but he could offer an insider's view, not only of the Munich crisis, the general strike and life among the Free French in Algeria, but of Edward VIII in the feverish days before his abdication? Miranda Seymour, Sunday Times

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Duff Cooper - as above. John Julius Norwich - his only son - trained as a diplomat, but gave up the Foreign Office to write. He is the premier historian of Venice. He is currently writing a history of the Mediterranean.


"fascinating for two things: their testament to an exhilarating century and their witness to a vanished age of power and privilege... What a man." THE OBSERVER - PAPERBACK OF THE WEEK "Cooper offers a view on some of the political issues which dominated the first half of the 20th century... as well as an insight into his extravagant social life." 'This is a fabulous, jaw-dropping read.' -- Robbie Hudson SUNDAY TIMES "compelling" DAILY TELEGRAPH 'Duff Cooper was as close to the action as anyone during the dramatic events of the mid-20th century. He was also comically priapic, commiting enough sexual indiscretions to fill a dozen diaries.' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH "He discusses serious things intelligently, and casts and glittering and laconic light on a lost world of luxury and highly strung affairs, many of them his own." SUNDAY TIMES "it's the combination of the public with the personal that makes these diaries riveting." MAIL ON SUNDAY

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