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Another Self (Plain Foxed Edition)
James Lees-Milne, Another Self - Slightly Foxed Plain Foxed Edition
  • ISBN: 9781910898673
  • Pages: 256
  • Dimensions: 170 x 110mm
  • Publication date: 1 June 2022
  • Producer: Smith Settle
  • Genre: Memoir
  • Binding: Cloth hardback
  • Trimmings: Coloured endpapers; silk ribbon, head- & tailband; gold blocking to spine
  • NB: Unlimited Plain Foxed Edition
  • Preface: Grant McIntyre
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James Lees-Milne
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‘One of the best 20th-century English diarists’ A. N. Wilson, The Times

James Lees-Milne, writer and architectural historian, is probably best remembered for his mischievously perceptive diaries, which chronicled the doings of upper-class English society from the Second World War onwards in twelve addictive volumes. Another Self, his fanciful, funny, yet poignant account of his early years, has the same gripping quality.

A deeply religious child, Jim spent much of his childhood wandering dreamily in the grounds of his parents’ medieval manor house, Wickhamford Manor in Worcestershire. It gave him a nostalgia for the past and a love of historic buildings which would lead to his later distinguished career with the National Trust. His father, however, had no time whatsoever for such arty attitudes. He determined that, after leaving Eton in 1926, Jim should ‘stand on his own feet’ and accordingly enrolled him in Miss Blakeney’s Stenography School for Young Ladies in Chelsea where, as the only male student, he spent a lonely year learning shorthand and typing.

Thanks to his mother he escaped to Oxford (a disappointment) and thence to London, where he had another searing experience as assistant to Sir Roderick Jones, the boorish and dyspeptic chairman of Reuters. Droll, shy and sexually ambivalent, James Lees-Milne wrote that he ‘always felt an outsider in every circle’. It was this, combined with his eye for detail and highly developed sense of the ridiculous, that made him such a wonderful comic writer. John Betjeman compared the impact of Another Self to that of Evelyn Waugh’s Decline and Fall.

Another Self offers an absorbing image of England in the early decades of this century, often splendidly funny and occasionally deeply moving.’ Irish Times

‘Any admirer of the diaries should also seek out Another Self, Lees-Milne’s hilarious, half-truthful, half-fantastic memoir of his childhood and youth.’ Barnes & Noble Review



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