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Ruth DudleyEdwards: The Biographer’s Dilemma

1 September 1988
... of the accusers had not read the book.) In researching and writing the thing I had to tell the truth about his two extra-marital affairs, while respecting the right to anonymity of the women involved. Indeed, I knew more about his sex-life than I was prepared to disclose, my approach being that of Mrs Doasyouwouldbedoneby. There are few of us who would ...

Lying abroad

Fred Halliday

21 July 1994
by Henry Kissinger.
Simon and Schuster, 912 pp., £25, May 1994, 9780671659912
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True Brits: Inside the Foreign Office 
by Ruth DudleyEdwards.
BBC, 256 pp., £16.99, April 1994, 0 563 36955 8
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Mandarin: The Diaries of Nicholas Henderson 
by Nicholas Henderson.
Weidenfeld, 517 pp., £20, May 1994, 0 297 81433 8
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... all this, it is not surprising that these three books should strike a rather apologetic note. Ruth DudleyEdwards begins her portrait of life in the Diplomatic Corps with the words: ‘Of all British Civil Service departments, the Foreign Office has the most negative public image.’ Her task is both to show how ...


Ruth DudleyEdwards: Peddling Books

21 January 1988
... Its purpose? A cost-effective way of improving one’s image. Although I find this debasement of truth and history offensive, I feel that such productions are better than nothing. At the very least, they indicate some general acceptance that the past is not wholly irrelevant. At the other end of the spectrum is a project like the history of the Times ...


James MacGibbon: Fashionable Radicals

22 January 1987
... wrote like that about Beethoven ... or me!’ I am gratified that this favourite anecdote opens Ruth DudleyEdwards’s biography.* It is long, over seven hundred pages, but brilliant, and, I think, astonishingly truthful. Victor’s posturing, egotism and other outrageous ...

Dawn of the Dark Ages

Ronald Stevens: Fleet Street magnates

4 December 2003
Newspapermen: Hugh Cudlipp, Cecil Harmsworth King and the Glory Days of Fleet Street 
by Ruth DudleyEdwards.
Secker, 484 pp., £20, May 2003, 0 436 19992 0
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... victim’s job. Treachery and self-aggrandisement were part of the natural order of things in what Ruth DudleyEdwards, in this double biography of Cudlipp and King, comically describes as the glory days of Fleet Street. The two men had very little in common. Cudlipp, the youngest son of a travelling salesman, received ...

In real sound stupidity the English are unrivalled

Stefan Collini: ‘Cosmo’ for Capitalists

6 February 2020
Liberalism at Large: The World According to the ‘Economist’ 
by Alexander Zevin.
Verso, 538 pp., £25, November 2019, 978 1 78168 624 9
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... Bagehot, in charge from 1861 to 1877. ‘Bagehot and the Economist are inextricably fused,’ Ruth DudleyEdwards declared in the paper’s official history, published in 1993, and the Economist has never been slow to celebrate the connection. Bagehot got a foot in the door by marrying one of Wilson’s ...
30 March 2016
... began to monitor O’Donovan Rossa’s activities in the United States, observed that he had the ruthlessness of a dangerous conspirator without any of the guile. Micheal Davitt, the leader of the Land League in Ireland, referred to him as ‘O’Donovan Assa’ and called him ‘the buffoon in Irish revolutionary politics with no advantage to himself but ...

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