National Service: Diary of a Decade by Richard Eyre - review by Sheridan Morley

Sheridan Morley

Diary of a Somebody

National Service: Diary of a Decade

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THE PROBLEM WITH diaries (and I write as one who has failed for sixty-one years to keep one, and is now vaguely but irritably aware that there might have been a few bob in it had I but taken the trouble) is that they are only really at their best when recording death, destruction or disaster. Had Sir Richard Eyre opened hls with, 'Jan 1. Sun shining. Ran National Theatre. Sir Ian McKellen very nice to me. Peas for lunch in canteen. Rain later', we would hardly have been likely to stay with him for almost 500 pages.

No, it's blood we want, the thicker the better. and also the sense that we are reading something very intimate, something we are not likely to get in a biography or maybe even an autobiography: a good director (which is what Eyre is) talking to us one-to-one, late at night,

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