Originally Posted by Curryong
Yes I get the impression overall that Bower looks for the dark and shady aspects of his biographical subjects on which to hang the hook of his books. And to be fair as many of them have been people of power and influence for years, he is rarely disappointed. However humans have many facets to them and Bower never seems interested in exploring the sunnier side.
Are Sir Alan’s diaries interesting? Kindly, a bit waspish, forthcoming? If so I might join you and buy them.
Waspish, no doubt. He has a fine talent in way of description when he likes someone or something, but woe betide a less than elegant or graceful or titled person he comes in contact with. If you like insights on UK/Middle East foreign relations, he's your man. He seems mean. Good succinct writer, though.
Sasha Swire's diary is more entertaining. Unlike Sir Alan, she dishes on everyone. BRF, former Cameron cabinet members, she seems upset about her lowly wife role when her hub Hugo was in Cameron's cabinet. She thought she deserved more attention for being smart. Her diary in a way is more interesting for me than Sir Alan's, as I could care less about his meetings in Oman and Turkey. It's more fun to read about Sasha and her fellow Cameroon wives joking about their grace-and-favor government weekend houses.