• The Alan Clark Diaries

  • In Power 1983-1992
  • By: Alan Clark
  • Narrated by: Alan Clark
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 16-12-10
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Redbush Entertainment
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (74 ratings)

Summary

This was Alan Clark’s first volume of diaries and the only one that he recorded. As such, it is a unique and historical record and reminder of the man and his work. To hear Alan Clark reading the book in his marvellously rich voice adds immeasurably to the pleasure of these informative and entertaining diaries.
The recording covers two Parliaments and constitutes the most outspoken and revealing account of British politics ever written. Cabinet colleagues, royalty, ambassadors, civil servants and foreign dignitaries are all subjected to his vivid and acerbic wit. This is a brilliant warts-and-all expose of our political and cultural life.
Clark describes the experience of being drunk after a wine tasting and delivering a statement in the House of Commons - with disastrous consequences; his desire to relieve his bladder from the balcony of his office in Whitehall on the heads of pedestrians walking below; and offers frank descriptions of John Major and Michael Heseltine amongst others.
His personal charm oozes out of these recordings, as does his candour and, on occasions, his bile. But equally the wit and humour are laugh-out-loud funny. He records things which others might only dare think.
Entwined with the politics, though, are revealing glimpses of his private life, which was very colourful, his beloved wife Jane, and also something of the wider culture of Britain in the 1980s.
©1993 The Alan Clark Estate (P)1993 Redbush Entertainment
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Critic reviews

”One is tempted to tell people to add this book to their stack of books to be read in the bathroom, in the certainty that the reader will light upon something very readable, stimulating, titivating, and immediately gripping.” ( The Independent)
”His voice and intonation are sublime. The epitome of an old Etonian, he nevertheless effs and blinds his way through the cream of the British political establishment. Now he is no longer with us, I finished listening to the recording and was saddened to think he hadn’t recorded the other volumes. Scoop this up now - it’s a gem”. (Amazon.com review)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Julie on 29-08-11

Insightful and witty

You don't have to know a lot about English politics to enjoy this opinionated diary. Lots about character, relationships, ego and devastating insights on government and party politics.

Cleverly written and excellently read, I do wish he had recorded more.

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4 out of 5 stars
By James Hargrave on 16-05-18

enjoyable waspishness

great fun to listen to, though does require some working knowledge of the politics of the time.

Recording is rather hissy though.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 28-04-18

Great fun

Such good fun. Sharp and often hilarious and uncomfortable insight into the underpinnings of British government and social strata.

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