'There is a passion in Benn's writing and speaking that far transcends the miserable aspirations of most contemporary politicians' - Paul Foot, Guardian
Radical statesman and Member of Parliament for over fifty years, Tony Benn is the pre-eminent diarist of his generation. His political activity continued after 'retirement' through mass meetings, broadcasts and in more recent years through social media. A widower since 2000, Tony Benn died at his home in London on 14th March 2014.
This is a lovely book; warm, humane, genuinely revelatory and, on
occasions, a touch surreal * Sunday Times *
[Benn's] interest in politics has transmuted into an interest in individual human beings. And through all the pain and sorrow, there is a new kind of freedom in his thoughts and in his writing * Mail on Sunday *
There is something amusing on almost every page of these diaries. Tony Benn loves paradox, and looking at things from a different angle to the one you might expect. He tells us at the start that the old have a great deal to learn from the young, and a delightful air of unreality hangs over his writing * Daily Telegraph *
A compelling, often rollicking read * Observer *
Inspiring and touching * Financial Times *