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Diaries of Chips Channon - Simon Heffer - 20th October 2021

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An evening with historian Simon Heffer on his diaries of Chips Channon, Volume 1 and Volume 2

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Born in Chicago in 1897, 'Chips' Channon settled in England after the Great War,

married into the immensely wealthy Guinness family, and served as Conservative MP

for Southend-on-Sea from 1935 until his death in 1958. His career was unremarkable.

His diaries are quite the opposite. Elegant, gossipy and bitchy by turns, they are the

unfettered observations of a man who went everywhere and who knew everybody.

Whether describing the antics of London society in the interwar years, or the growing

scandal surrounding his close friends Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson during the

abdication crisis, or the mood in the House of Commons in the lead up to the Munich

crisis, his sense of drama and his eye for the telling detail are unmatched. These are

diaries that bring a whole epoch vividly to life.

A heavily abridged and censored edition of the diaries was published in 1967. Only

now, sixty years after Chips's death, can the text be shared in all its unexpurgated and

often shocking glory. 


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