Letters to My Grandchildren

  • by Tony Benn
  • Narrated by Tony Benn
  • 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

'As a diarist I have chronicled the time through which I have lived in meticulous detail - but all that is history. What matters now is the future for those who will live through it.
'The past is the past but there may be lessons to be learned which could help the next generation to avoid mistakes their parents and grandparents made.
'Certainly at my age I have learned an enormous amount from the study of history – not so much from the political leaders of the time but from those who struggled for justice and explained the world in a way that shows the continuity of history and has inspired me to do my work.
'Normality for any individual is what the world is like on the day they are born. The normality of the young is wholly different from the normality of their grandparents. It is the disentangling of the real questions from the day to day business of politics that may make sense for those who take up the task as they will do.
'Every generation has to fight the same battles as their ancestors had to fight, again and again, for there is no final victory and no final defeat. Two flames have burned from the beginning of time – the flame of anger against injustice and the flame of hope. If this book serves its purpose it will fan both flames.'
--Tony Benn


What the Critics Say

"Amid all the frenzied political wheeling and dealing we’re going through, Tony Benn’s calm, considered letters to his 10 grandchildren came as welcome balm…. Tony’s pushing 90, but his wit and warmth remain unchanged. Roll on volume 2." (Guardian)


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Customer Reviews

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I heard this book being recommended on the radio some months ago, and although Benn was not a favourite of mine whilst he was in office, I found this book surprisingly interesting and rewarding. I even found my 18 year old lad listening to it, so as it says on the tin, it does cover the ages. Each letter is broken down into a chapter, which makes it great to listen to on short journeys or for a 5 to 10 min slot before bedtime. So Mr Benn, credit where credit is due, well done.
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- Paul

On point!

Tony Benn giving credence to the spirit of triumph over diversity and the belief that as individuals and communities we have the power to make the world a better place. As he did.
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- Leonie mccarthy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-06-2010
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks