Saturday, May 10, 2014

Roy Hattersley wrote possibly the worst book review ever

I greatly enjoyed Paddy Ashdown's autobiography A Fortunate Life, and it is no criticism of the book to say that the middle part dealing with his time as an MP and then Liberal Democrat leader is the least interesting.

This is because the early chapters on his childhood and service in the Marines, and the later chapters on Bosnia, are riveting.

But how did Roy Hattersley open his New Statesman review of the book in 2009?
Readers who are interested in politics ought to begin Paddy Ashdown’s autobiography on page 155.
That's how.

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