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The Harold Nicolson Diaries

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780753819975

Price: £14.99

ON SALE: 6th October 2005

Genre: Biography & True Stories / Diaries, Letters & Journals

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One of the great 20th century political diaries

‘A tremendous read’ SPECTATOR

‘One stops to marvel at the achievement. Honesty, decency, modesty, magnanimity, are stamped on every page, as evident as the wit’ EVENING STANDARD

Harold Nicolson was one of the three great political diarists of the 20th century (along with Chips Channon and Alan Clark). Nicolson was an MP (Conservative, 1935-45, who also flirted with Labour after WWII). He had previously been in the Foreign Office and attended the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, and material from his period is included in this new edition for the first time.

Nicolson never achieved high office, but rarely a day went by when he didn’t record what was going on at Westminster. He socialised widely, was married to the poet and author Vita Sackville-West, and together they created the famous garden at Sissinghurst. Both were bi-sexuals and had affairs outside their marriage. This new edition also draws on diary entries and letters previously considered too sensitive for inclusion.

The diversity of Harold Nicolson’s interests and the irony in his writing make his diary a highly entertaining record of his life and times, as well as a document of great historical value.

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Reviews

Beautifully written, witty and wise. His son Nigel has edited them brilliantly
Noel Coward
Nicolson's great gift as a diarist is that he does not simply recoprd events: he brings those events and the characters in them brilliantly to life. His diary entries are astonishingly rich min-portraits of people and places, with a telling eye for detail... Brilliant, riveting stuff.
TRIBUNE
He was clever and highly observant and a little absurd, and right at the centre of things. No two pages pass without something to alight on with pleasure . . . A tremendous read
Spectator
Nicolson's great gift as a diarist is that he does not simply record events: he brings those events and the characters in them brilliantly to life. His diary entries are astonishingly rich min-portraits of people and places, with a telling eye for detail... Brilliant, riveting stuff
TRIBUNE
A tremendous read
SPECTATOR
Not only a brilliant portrait of English society, but a touching self-portrait of a highly intelligent and civilised man driven by conscience and curiosity to enter politics
Kenneth Clark
Beautifully written, witty and wise. His son Nigel has edited them brilliantly
Noel Coward
He remains completely unaware that he is tapping out a masterpiece. As lively as Creevey or the de Goncourts
THE TIMES
The book as a historical document has so many merits that it is hard to know where to begin
GUARDIAN
One stops to marvel at the achievement. Honesty, decency, modesty, magnanimity, are stamped on every page, as evident as the wit
EVENING STANDARD