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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (151 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan Clark Narrator: Alan Clark Publisher: Redbush Entertainment Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This was Alan Clark's first volume of diaries and the only one that he recorded. As such, it is a unique and historical record and reminder of the man and his work. To hear Alan Clark reading the book in his marvellously rich voice adds immeasurably to the pleasure of these informative and entertaining diaries.

The recording covers two Parliaments and constitutes the most outspoken and revealing account of British politics ever written. Cabinet colleagues, royalty, ambassadors, civil servants and foreign dignitaries are all subjected to his vivid and acerbic wit. This is a brilliant warts-and-all expose of our political and cultural life.

Clark describes the experience of being drunk after a wine tasting and delivering a statement in the House of Commons - with disastrous consequences; his desire to relieve his bladder from the balcony of his office in Whitehall on the heads of pedestrians walking below; and offers frank descriptions of John Major and Michael Heseltine amongst others.

His personal charm oozes out of these recordings, as does his candour and, on occasions, his bile. But equally the wit and humour are laugh-out-loud funny. He records things which others might only dare think.

Entwined with the politics, though, are revealing glimpses of his private life, which was very colourful, his beloved wife Jane, and also something of the wider culture of Britain in the 1980s.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Andrew Robins | 8/23/2013

    " Alan Clark stood for pretty much everything I hated, but he got up to some truly extraordinary stuff and his memoirs are brilliant to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by John Kerridge | 6/4/2013

    " Anybody who finds Margaret Thatchers ankles desirable and admits it gets an automatic 4 stars from me. Apart from that it's a good honest read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chris Gould | 10/6/2012

    " As Clark says: they ARE real diaries. Intriguing account of how someone incredibly rich views British politics, women and the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Phil Jones | 10/11/2011

    " Not a fan of the Conservatives, but this is a great book none the less. "

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