Saturday, May 31, 2008

A little piece of Liberal history for £5

In a Stamford bookshop today (though not the one that stuffs owls) I bought a copy of a one-volume edition of The Autobiography of Margot Asquith edited by Mark Bonham Carter. He was the son of Margot's stepdaughter Violet.

The book is inscribed:

For my own darling Ilona with all the love in the world from the author's son


April 1967

Which means that Puff must be the film director Anthony "Puffin" Asquith, who died the following year.


Blognor Regis said...

Excellent. Awesome find.

HE Elsom said...

By coincidence, they were talking about Anthony Asquith on the Film Programme on Radio 4 on Friday. His 1929 silent film A cottage on Dartmoon ( has just been released on DVD. Wonderfully, it includes a scene where the characters go to the cinema and see a talkie.