Cold cream: my early life and other mistakes

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Bloomsbury, Jun 1, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
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Ferdinand Mount S Parents Belonged To What Came To Be Called Hobohemia , A Raffish Subdivision Of The Upper Class Which, Like Some Rare Blue Butterfly, Was To Be Found Only On The Wiltshire Downs . His Uncle Was Anthony Powell, And This Sparkling Memoir Reads Like A Nonfictional A Dance To The Music Of Time. It Is Thronged With Characters Of Every Shade And Hue, From Harold Acton In Florence Having His Aesthetic Flourishes Crisply Trumped By His Outspoken Mother, To The Wild Ways Of Donald Maclean; From Boneshaking Cycling With Peter Fleming To Discovering A 14-Year-Old Miriam Margolyes, An Opulent Tumble Of Dark Curls And Puppy Fat Reclining On His Landlady S Hearth Rug, Hoping To Pose For Augustus John. There Is The Strange Nighttime Behaviour Of A Certain Royal, Together With John Wells, Auberonwaugh And The Repugnant And Illmannered Oswald Mosley, And Later On An Intimate Acquaintance With Margaret Thatcher And Her Acolytes ( Mr Parkinson Would Like A Word, Prime Minister ). Among The Beautifully Turned Anecdotes Is Sadness Too: The Loss Of His Grandfather, Termed One Of The Paladins Of Gallipolli By Churchill, And The Unbearably Slow And Lonely Death Of His Mother. Very Much A Memoir Of Rich Experience And Slowly Gained Maturity And Happiness, It Is A Joy To Read On Every Page.

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interesting glimpse into the lives of the very posh, the people who know everyone and get influential positions through their connections. this chap is David Cameron 's mother's cousin. his mother was ... Read full review

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Ferdinand Mount is a Sunday Times columnist and Editor of the TLS .