Diary

Ruth Dudley Edwards

What is the point of institutional history? For whom is it written? Here I declare my interest: I once wrote a short history of a merchant bank and I am at present working on a history of the Economist, which will be 150 years old in 1993. The former, which had to be circumspect and avoid upsetting the natives, was wholly written for gain; the latter, on which I have a free rein, will be written also for enjoyment.

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[*] The Bodley Head, 1887-1987 by J.W. Lambert and Michael Ratcliffe Bodley Head, 365 pp., £20, 0 370 30949 9