First Confession by Chris Patten
A Sort of Memoir

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Patten has not set out to write a conventional memoir, though in many respects this is. Each episode from his varied career is used as a peg on which to hang his thoughts on the issues of the day.
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Chris Patten was a cradle Catholic (hence First Confession), became on the most prominent Tory 'Wets' of the 1980s and 1990s, and went on to hold a series of prominent public offices - Chairman of the Conservative Party, the last Governor of Hong Kong, European Commissioner for External Affairs, Chancellor of Oxford University, Chairman of the BBC, advisor to the Pope - as he self-deprecatingly puts it 'a Grand Poo-bah, the Lord High Everything Else'. He writes with wry humour about his time in all these offices, taking us behind the scenes and showing us unexpected sides of many of the great figures of the day. No political writer is so purely enjoyable as Chris Patten.
 

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Published June 22, 2017 by Penguin. 299 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality.
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Reviewed by Chris Mullin on Jun 26 2017

Patten has not set out to write a conventional memoir, though in many respects this is. Each episode from his varied career is used as a peg on which to hang his thoughts on the issues of the day.

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