by Tony Benn - £12.99 Arrow Books (2005)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780099471530 | ISBN 10: 0099471531
Born into a family with a strong, radical dissenting tradition in which enterprise & public service were combined, Tony Benn was taught to believe that the greatest sins in life were to waste time & money. Life in his Victorian-Edwardian family home in Westminster was characterised by austerity, the last days of domestic service, the profound influence of his mother (a dedicated Christian & feminist) and his colourful, courageous and committed father, elected as a Liberal MP in 1906 and later serving in Labour Cabinets under Ramsay MacDonald.
Tony Benn feelingly recalls his years as one of three brothers experiencing life in the nursery, the agonies of adolescence & of school, and the shadow of fascism and war, and describes his emergence from the war as a keen socialist about to embark upon marriage & an unknown political future.
This warm & funny account reveals the childhood of a national political figure & shows how early influences have shaped his commitments and beliefs.
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