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The Diaries Of Charles Greville


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Covering the period from 1815 to 1860 this relatively little-known diary is every bit as colourful, vivid and revealing of its age as Pepys's diary is of the 17th century

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Edward Pearce, after a national newspaper career starting in 1977, still keeps his hand in with books reviews, obituaries and travel pieces.However, for several years now he has concentrated on writing history. The Lost Leaders (about three near-Prime Ministers) was followed by Lines of Most Resistance (about English Resistance to Irish Home Rule), Denis Healey (the authorised biography), and Reform! (about the 1832 Act).The idea of preparing a handy, abridged Greville came to him when using Volume II as an outstanding source for that book.He is currently working on a life of Robert Walpole.


'The arrival of this book is a good deed in a naughty world...Pearce is to be congratulated for bringing growly, sardonic Greville back into the hubbub he retired from.' * Daily Telegraph *
'Edward Pearce has released Greville from the prison of dusty research libraries, giving new life to a literary treasure.' * Scotland on Sunday *
'A thoroughly good idea.' * Independent *
'Edward Pearce has done a good job of reducing 40-odd years of diary entries to a manageable size.' * Guardian *
'For insights into the comedy of politics I doubt The Diaries of Charles Greville can be matched. Half Samuel Pepys, half Alan Clark, this inventory of wasted time an assessment of colleagues can't be bettered...The magic ingredient in the Pearces' volume is the candour of the original author...rescued artfully from oblivion'. * Scotsman *

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