Bought 31 Dec 2006 – Bookends in Birmingham

Actually letters and diaries, and edited by his son Nigel, this was a wonderful book. He was a great writer, mixing political information and statesmanship with personal observation and comments. Nigel’s editing is a marvel; just enough additional information in the comments between sets of entries, footnotes and parentheses within the text. The parts about the end of WW1 and the political background to WW2 were fascinating, and the latter gave me an insight I didn’t have before, and sent me to read other works I’ve got by more “ordinary” people. I enjoyed the glimpses of Chamberlain and Eden, whose papers I have seen at the University. I could hardly put this down and had to ration myself.