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DARING TO HOPE, The Diaries and Letters of Violet Bonham Carter, 1946 - 1969,

Mark Pottle, editor

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ISBN 10: 0297816519 / ISBN 13: 9780297816515
Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, publishers, London -, 2000
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hardcover, 6½" x 9½", with dust jacket Lady Bonham Carter was - as Winston Churchill said - a woman of vehement intelligence. She was the daughter of British Prime Minister Asquith, and one of the foremost Liberals of her day. This book contains extracts from her post-war diaries and letters in which she assesses Atlee, Anthony Eden, Macmillan, and JFK ("Above all I had a sense of greatness"). As revealed here, Bonham Carter was an EU advocate, an opponent of apartheid, and a seasoned campaigner for human rights. As packed book weighs 1¼kgs (3lbs), slightly-higher-than-usual shipping costs may apply (email us your location, we'll quote first). VERY GOOD book in VERY GOOD unclipped dust jacket 432 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 39336

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Title: DARING TO HOPE, The Diaries and Letters of ...

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, publishers, London -

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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Lady Violet Bonham Carter, daughter of the Liberal prime minister H. H. Asquith, and herself a leading Liberal, was described by Winston Churchill in 1951 as 'one of the very best speakers, male or female'. She was also a writer of distinction, Clement Attlee praising her 1965 biography of Churchill: 'Amazing that her first book, at 78, should be so good.' Its intended sequel was never written, but here, is the raw material for a worthy successor. 'Winston has many faults but he is the one great forest tree that still stands' she wrote in 1950. 'When I am with him I feel the perspective of history'. That 'perspective' is vividly captured here and a galaxy of political stars comes into view - Attlee 'feeling the Atlas weight of his responsibility' as prime minister; Anthony Eden, 'accomplishing his own destruction by the suicidal blunder of Suez'; Harold Macmillan, 'How little I dreamed that he would ever blossom into "Super-Mac"'; President Kennedy, 'Above all I had the sense of greatness - in a greater degree than I have felt it about anyone since I first met Winston at the age of 19'. These are also the writings of an active politician with an international standing - an ardent campaigner for a United Europe: 'If we fail one realises suddenly that one is looking on at the suicide of a civilisation'; above all, a passionate Liberal struggling to save her party from extinction, and contemplating a deal with the Conservatives: 'But can one buy survival with dishonour?'

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Mark Pottle read modern history at the University of Sheffield and at Wolfson College, Oxford (where he is now a research fellow). He is the editor of the previous volumes of these letters & diaries.

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