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  • The new volume is, to my mind, the best - he discards his Sunday best and allows himself to emerge as a human being full of weakness and anxieties balanced by an enviable capacity for love and joy

    Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday
  • There is a passion in Benn's writing and speaking that far transcends the miserable aspirations of most contemporary politicians

    Paul Foot, Guardian
  • It is the personal side of the story that most compels...This is the unselfconscious reminiscence of a man in full

    Daily Telegraph
  • This is a powerful record of the times

    Simon Heffer
  • Easily the best of the year's diaries... It proves to be an astonishingly moving and human document

    Anthony Howard, Sunday Times

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