Ferdinand Mount was born in 1939. For many years he was a columnist at the Spectator and then the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Times. In between, he was head of the Downing Street Policy Unit and then editor of the Times Literary Supplement. He is now a prize-winning novelist, author of the bestselling memoir Cold Cream, the controversial The New Few and the bestselling The Tears of the Rajas. He lives in London.
`Lucid, reasoning intelligence and vivid character sketches . . . speaks with depth and sophistication to our political movement' * Guardian * `This collection of Ferdinand Mount's essays is a sheer delight. Any sensible reader would take the essays slowly, putting the book down in between each one in order to savour its stories and digest them . . . The pieces are a cornucopia of wonderfully gossipy details, informed analysis, complex psychology: the deep seriousness is inextricable from the exuberant fun' * Times Literary Supplement *