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A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine: The Last Diaries by Tony Benn edited by Ruth Winstone

Quantity Add to basket. This item has been added to your basket View basket Checkout. Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. View other formats and editions. In this final volume of diaries, Tony Benn reflects on the compensations and the disadvantages of old age. With the support of a small circle of friends and his extended family, he continues his activities on behalf of social justice, peace and accountability in public life, to a background of political change and the international economic crisis.

Following an illness in the diaries, kept for over sixty years, cease.

Published here alongside these last diaries are Tony Benn's highly personal insights into the challenges of old age and failing health, of widowhood,and of moving out of the family home after sixty years. Finally, we share in Tony Benn's hopes for the future based on his years of experience and his natural optimism. It is an eerie foretaste of quite how much we will miss him when he's gone. It is hard not to admire Benn's determination to be true to his ideals Tony Benn is not going gentle into that good night. Added to basket. First Man In.

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She said she was going to the Cannes Film Festival. One of his most bizarre encounters is with Bill Clinton, whose book-signing he has queue-barged. For decades, he has tape-recorded his diaries at the end of each day.


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Until he retired from Westminster, these diaries were all busy, busy, busy, packed with things done and things to do. They were singularly short on self-reflection.

But now, like King Lear on the blasted heath, he comes face to face with himself, as if for the first time. So what have all these millions and millions of words been for?

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And some less predictable targets get it in the neck, too. The sweetest moments in these diaries, and the only times when Benn seems truly to feel that blaze of sunshine, are all with his family, whom he clearly adores. Before Christmas , he wraps presents for 28 family members. In the old days, he would never have recorded this sort of adverse comment in his diaries, which were really a form of glorified CV.

Is Melissa right? It was a cruel jibe, but perhaps he had a point. In extreme old age, he has become as defenceless as a child. Abandoned children, a creepy house and a wicked stepmother Try telling that to Lulu and Julie Andrews

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