Political Diaries: Lifting The Lid On The Establishment
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The explosive diary, once a staple of British political life, has become a rarity. Simon Heffer recently edited the unredacted diaries of Conservative politician Sir Henry ‘Chips’ Channon, a gossipy account of British high society that caused a sensation when published in 1967 (‘vile & spiteful & silly’ announced Nancy Mitford). Sasha Swire’s mischievously indiscreet account of the Cameron and May years (Diary of an MP’s Wife) caused mayhem on publication (‘social Hiroshima’ commented one reviewer). They talk to the cabinet minister and former Times journalist Michael Gove about what motivates the political diarist and what it takes for a diary to achieve immortality.