Harry Mount

‘The pure pleasure of annoying people’ – Peregrine Worsthorne at 90

The great contrarian on 'fascist voices' around Thatcher, the fate of the public schools, and why he swore on TV

Sir Peregrine Worsthorne isn’t much looking forward to his 90th birthday on 22 December. ‘It’s awful,’ he cries. ‘It makes me so angry Diana Athill writing about the joys of old age. My eyes, teeth, heart — everything starts to go. Keeping alive becomes a full-time job. I’m so lucky to have a much younger wife.

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Harry Mount
Harry Mount is editor of The Oldie and author of How England Made the English (Penguin).

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