Richard Davenport-Hines

Nothing compares with Chips Channon’s diaries for sheer exuberance

The third volume, covering the years 1943-57, brings his riveting descriptions of parliamentary plots and sexual liaisons to a triumphant conclusion

Chips Channon (left) talking to Peter Thorneycroft in January 1957 at the time of Harold Macmillan’s appointment as prime minister. [Getty Images]

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