Lord Waldegrave was educated at Eton College, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and Harvard. After a spell working in industry, he was elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament for Bristol West in 1979. He was made a Minister in 1981, and served continuously in 1997, including terms as Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, and at the Foreign Office. At Cabinet level he served as Secretary of State for Health, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Minister of Agriculture, and Chief Secretary to the Treasury. After losing his Commons seat in 1997, he entered the House of Lords as Baron Waldegrave of North Hill. He is currently Provost of Eton College, and owns a dairy farming business in Somerset. He is married to Caroline Waldegrave, and they have four children.
An eloquent and honest, not to say occasionally very funny, portrait of a life and an England that won't be seen again ... Waldegrave is at his best when he takes a sideways look at his own ambition and his belief--The Times William Waldegrave is a master of telling us what things are not . . . This book does all it sets out not to do, and with considerable panache--The Times Absorbing ... engrossing ... elegantly written--Daily Mail