Nicky Haslam is entranced by the memories of a young Alathea Fitzalan Howard
This is an enthralling book. In 1940, aged just 17, the author started a diary, writing it up every day without fail until great old age, some seven decades later. Born in 1923, she died in 2001. It is artless, candid, often funny and sometimes truly moving. While aware that so personal a document would interest future generations, she did not want it published during her lifetime, but willed it to Isabella Naylor-Leyland who, with the help of expert editing, has written a most touching foreword. ...
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