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Simon Heffer: Henry ‘Chips’ Channon – The Diaries 1918-38 & 1938-43
Simon Heffer: Henry ‘Chips’ Channon – The Diaries 1918-38 & 1938-43


Venue: The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street Guildford, GU1 4SZ
Date: Monday 4th October 2021  Time: 20
.15 - 21.15
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Wickedly entertaining…’ Andrew Marr, New Statesman

60 years after the death of Sir Henry ‘Chips’ Channon historian and journalist Simon Heffer brings us the uncensored edition of his sensational diaries. Born in Chicago in 1897 Chips Channon settled in England after the Great War and married into the wealthy Guinness family, serving as an MP from 1935 to his death in 1958.
His career was unremarkable but his diaries are quite the opposite. Elegant, gossipy and bitchy, they are the unfettered observations of a man who went everywhere, and knew everybody. He dined with Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson in the lead up to the abdication, knew all the leading politicians and aristocrats of the day, and observed at first hand the last days of appeasement.

The greatest British diarist of the 20th century. A feast of weapons-grade above-stairs gossip. Now, finally, we are getting the full text, in all its bitchy, scintillating detail, thanks to the journalist and historian Simon Heffer, whose editing of this vast trove of material represents an astonishing achievement. Channon is a delightful guide, by turns frivolous and profound’. Ben Macintyre ― The Times

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