Henry ‘Chips’ Channon Volume 1: 1918-38

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Born in Chicago in 1897, ‘Chips’ Channon settled in England after the Great War, married into the immensely wealthy Guinness family, and served as Conservative MP for Southend-on-Sea from 1935 until his death in 1958. His career was unremarkable. His diaries are quite the opposite.

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The Sunday Times bestselling edition of Chips Channon’s remarkable diaries.

Born in Chicago in 1897, ‘Chips’ Channon settled in England after the Great War, married into the immensely wealthy Guinness family, and served as Conservative MP for Southend-on-Sea from 1935 until his death in 1958. His career was unremarkable. His diaries are quite the opposite.

Elegant, gossipy and bitchy by turns, they are the unfettered observations of a man who went everywhere and who knew everybody. Whether describing the antics of London society in the interwar years, or the growing scandal surrounding his close friends Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson during the abdication crisis, or the mood in the House of Commons in the lead up to the Munich crisis, his sense of drama and his eye for the telling detail are unmatched. These are diaries that bring a whole epoch vividly to life.

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‘The greatest British diarist of the 20th century. An astonishing achievement. By turns frivolous and profound.’ Ben Macintyre, The Times

‘Wickedly entertaining. Genuinely shocking, and still revelatory.’ Andrew Marr, New Statesman

‘An irresistible, saucy read . . . One of the most impressive editions of our time.’ The Telegraph

‘They’re among the most glittering and enjoyable diaries ever written’ Observer

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Weight 820 g
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 4.2 cm
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Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

896

Language

English

Dewey

941.082092 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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