Francis Wheen

His Lips Are Sealed

Never Judge a Man by his Umbrella

By Nicholas Elliott

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‘Anyone of no public eminence of whom the world in general has never heard (and I come into both these categories) is presumptuous in thinking he can write a book which people will want to read.’

Thus the mock-modest opening words of Nicholas Elliott’s autobiography. I say mock-modest because he must know very well that plenty of people have long hungered to know more about his adventures. He may have no public eminence, but in certain circles he is a legend. Consider:

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