The first volume of the 20th century's most phenomenally successful diaries, published alongside first paperback of THE LAST DIARIES.
Into Politics begins in 1973 with Clark's selection as Tory candidate for Nancy Astor's old seat in Plymouth (rival candidates included future Conservative luminaries, Michael Howard and Norman Fowler). Alan Clark describes his election to the Commons in the 1974 general election and his years as a backbencher which coincide with Edward Heath as PM, his downfall and the arrival of Margaret Thatcher. This volume ends with the inside story of the Falklands War.
In his private life Alan and his wife Jane and their two young sons take over Saltwood Castle (previously the home of his father Kenneth Clark, the well known historian). His enthusiasms for the estate, skiing, fast cars and girls are never far away.
Ion Trewin is a London publisher. Originally a journalist, he was Literary Editor of The Times 1972-79. He was Alan Clark's editor and publisher for the original 'Diaries' and following his death edited two further volumes of the celebrated diaries. In 2008 he edited and introduced THE HUGO YOUNG PAPERS: Thirty Years of British Politics Off the Record (Allen Lane) which won the Channel 4 Political Book of the Year Award 2009. Married with a son who is a literary agent and a daughter who is a teacher, he has since 2006 been literary director of the Man Booker prizes. He was chairman of the Cheltenham Literature Festival 1996-2007.