The ultimate star-fucker

Agreeable hours in brothels and ballrooms
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July 2021, no. 433
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Henry ‘Chips’ Channon: The diaries 1918–38 by Simon Heffer

Hutchinson, $75 hb, 1024 pp

The ultimate star-fucker

Agreeable hours in brothels and ballrooms
by
July 2021, no. 433
Henry 'Chips' Channon MP in January 1962 at home in Chester Square, London (Trinity Mirror/Mirrorpix/Alamy)
Henry 'Chips' Channon MP in January 1962 at home in Chester Square, London (Trinity Mirror/Mirrorpix/Alamy)

At a sports carnival early in Evelyn Waugh’s novel Decline and Fall, the schnockered schoolmaster Prendergast, unsteadily wielding a starting pistol, shoots poor Lord Tangent in the foot. Thereafter, Tangent barely appears in the narrative, with only a sentence now and then charting his slow medical decline. ‘Everybody else, however, was there except little Lord Tangent, whose foot was being amputated in a local nursing home.’ And later still: ‘It’s maddenin’ Tangent having died just at this time,’ some old sea dog mutters.

Paul Kildea reviews 'Henry ‘Chips’ Channon: The diaries 1918–38' edited by Simon Heffer

Henry ‘Chips’ Channon: The diaries 1918–38

by Simon Heffer

Hutchinson, $75 hb, 1024 pp

Buy this book

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Comment (1)

  • I have this. It's brilliant!
    Posted by Phil
    01 July 2021

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