ANYONE WHO SAW Carol Thatcher's television interview with her father last year must have been impressed by the shrewdness Denis concealed under a bufferish exterior. His friend Bill Deedes has even suggested that he welcomed his portrayal as a silly ass in Private Eye because it distracted the press from probing his influence in Downing Street. Deedes's suggestion came to mind while I was reading this new biography of P G Wodehouse.Wodehouse was old enough to be Denis's father: at first sight, that is just what he might have been. From apparently similar backgrounds, the two men shared many characteristics: dedication to sport, especially rugby; humorous self-deprecation; clear objectives in Me; belief in common sense and established standards; resolute cheerfulness and
Follow Literary Review on Twitter
The March issue of Literary Review is out now: https://literaryreview.co.uk
Michael Prodger on Gauguin in Polynesia
@nclarke14 on Barbara Comyns
@JulianBaggini on the price of life
@MarkGaleotti on Zelensky's star turn
@william_whyte on building the Square Mile
and much, much more
Publishers no longer sit at antique desks in Georgian townhouses, but, asks @NicholasClee, does that mean the industry has gone downhill?
Nicholas Clee - The End of the Long Lunch
Nicholas Clee: The End of the Long Lunch
What should I wear to meet the king?
Will I be able to pay the driver?
What new Labour prime ministers really worry about:
H Kumarasingham - We’ll Keep the Red Flag on the Down Low
H Kumarasingham: We’ll Keep the Red Flag on the Down Low - The Wild Men: The Remarkable Story of Britain’s ...