J W M Thompson

‘My Name is A L Rowse…’

The Diaries of A L Rowse

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Allen Lane The Penguin Press 462pp £25 order from our bookshop

RICHARD OLLARD’S BIOGRAPHY of A L Rowse, published some four years ago, profited greatly from the egocentric old historian’s compulsive habit of diary-keeping. Ollard has now completed his task with this substantial edition of the diaries, which began during Rowse’s Cornish schooldays. He died aged ninety-three in 1997 and they constitute a remarkable record of an extraordmary life.

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