Venetia Vyvyan says: 'These memoirs are not just for the political aficionado or the historian. They are an amusing, elegant reflection on a life spent amongst some of the most influential people of his day and are all the more powerful for being astute rather than catty. The cast includes the all the Tory Lions (and of course the Lioness in all her humours) but the index also has entries for Horace, Orwell, Kipling and Thucydides. Can we hope that perhaps there will be further reflections – about his time in the city (post politics) and as provost of Eton?'
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