Here are the opening words of Anthony Howard’s introduction to the condensed version of The Crossman Diaries, published in 1979:
‘Dick Crossman was one of those meteors that occasionally lighten the British political firmament … who fleetingly bring a glow to the normally grey and dingy skies of British politics.’
And here are the opening words of the blurb on his new biography:
‘Occasionally a meteor streaks across the normally dingy skies of British politics. Richard Cross was just”such a light in the political firmament.’
Full marks for environmentally-friendly recycling, anyway.