25 Dec 2009 – from Matthew

The second volume of Foot’s carefully written and very detailed biography of his friend Bevan.  Their friendship starts in the years covered by this volume, and among the description of the founding of the NHS and the various upheavals the Labour Party went through during this time, it’s fascinating to see their relationship develop and be tested by their opposing views on nuclear disarmament.  Although there is a risk of hagiography, I don’t see it in this book – there is admiration but also truth and honesty.  Although it took me a while to read this, I have thoroughly enjoyed it and was really pleased Matthew managed to track it down for me.