Events, Dear Boy, Events by Edited by Ruth Winstone

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Yet for all its occasional delights, this book doesn't quite work. On the cover, the historian David Kynaston compares it to "a great rolling novel". That is exactly what it isn't.
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Ruth Winstone retells Britain's history through the great diarists of the last century, drawing back the curtain on the lives of political classes, their doubts, ambitions, and emotions. She moves deftly among those in the thick of it, showing the elation, anger, doubts, jealousy, joys and fears of people as they record their own and the nation's triumphs and disasters. To this potent mix she adds the mordant perceptions of observers like Virginia Woolf, Cecil Beaton, Peter Hall and Roy Strong, and the vivid records of everyday life found in the diaries of otherwise ordinary men and women.


Events, Dear Boy, Events reveals Britain's recent past in the words of the actors who were shaping the events of the day. This is living real-time history.

 

About Edited by Ruth Winstone

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Ruth Winstone is the editor of Chris Mullin's trilogy of diaries covering British political life 1994-2010 and of Tony Benn's written and taped records. For many years she worked as a senior clerk in the library of the House of Commons.
 
Published October 4, 2012 by Profile Books. 689 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Peter Wilby on Dec 26 2012

Yet for all its occasional delights, this book doesn't quite work. On the cover, the historian David Kynaston compares it to "a great rolling novel". That is exactly what it isn't.

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