The Last Diaries: In and Out of the Wilderness - Alan ClarkWeidenfeld & Nicholson, 2002, Paperback.
Condition: Very Good.
Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs;
From the cover: “Alan Clark’s last diaries? Sad, but true. Opening as Clark, newly inducted into the Privy Council in the spring of 1991, contemplates his future, and ending shortly before his untimely death in 1999, The Last Diaries will not disappoint.
What a decade it proves to be! Convinced that the Tories will lose the 1992 General Election, Clark quits the Commons after close on two decades. It is a decision he quickly rues. His expectation that he would simply carry on — as a Tory peer — is cruelly unfulfilled. Even the consolation of a ‘resignation knighthood’ is denied him.
Yet he is rarely out of the news. The publication of the first volume of his Diaries gives him praise, celebrity and notoriety. His political past catches up with him in the Matrix Churchill trial where Clark utters the memorable phrase, ‘economical with the actualité. And as John Major’s government lurches from disaster to disaster Clark chases a Tory nomination that will return him to the House that he misses so much.
His personal life is complicated. Will his departure from Parliament spell the end to a long-running affair? What of ‘the coven’, a family with whom he had been involved, whose reappearance puts him on to tabloid front pages and leads to the press laying siege to his home at Saltwood Castle?
And then there is his wife Jane, ‘darling Jane’, and their two sons. The last decade may have its ups and downs, but when, after years of intermittent hypochondria, serious ill health strikes it is his family that counts. And this volume closes with Jane Clark’s own diary, the moving record of the last weeks of her husband’s life.”
Foreword or introduction by Ion Trewin. Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). [XXI] 405 pages.