Diaries play a special role in Protestant culture. Denied the comfort of the confessional, the best of these diarists confront the blank sheet of paper with the intention of recording the day’s events, but also in order to analyse their own motives. Such efforts often make fascinating reading, revealing the author’s struggle to be honest about his motives, while attempting to present them in as favourable a light as possible. From this point of view, the diary of Robert Kilroy-Silk is a great disappointment.
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 Hard Labour: The Political Diary of Robert Kilroy-Silk. Chatto, 176 pp., £9.95, 29 September, 0 7011 3092 X.
 Labour’s Future: Socialist or SDP Mark 2? by Eric Heffer. Verso, 159 p., £18.95 and £4.95, 25 September, 0 86091 166 7
 The March of Militant by Michael Crick. Faber, new edition, 280 pp., £4.95, 22 September, 0 571 14643 0.