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Scenes and Apparitions: The Roy Strong Diaries 1988 2003

Roy Strong

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Autobiography: arts & entertainment, Autobiography: literary, Diaries, letters & journals, Prose: non-fiction, Social & cultural history

The second volume of diaries and sequel to Splendours and Miseries from the bestselling author and former director of both the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

'Viper wit from the gardener, writer and Knight of exquisite taste' DAILY TELEGRAPH
'Funny, barbed and moving ... magnificently readable' THE TIMES

Scenes and Apparitions covers a period of Roy Strong's life from 1988 to 2003. A sequel to Splendours and Miseries, it is an unmissable record of how a citizen at the close of the second Elizabethan age observed and chronicled his own world at the turn of the century. Although it is not without tragedy - the murder of his friend Gianni Versace, and the death of his beloved wife Julia Trevelyan Oman - there is plenty to enjoy from his descriptions of Elton John's fiftieth birthday party, to a concert for the Queen Mother, and his portraits of marriage, friendship, work and his celebrated garden, The Laskett.

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Praise for Scenes and Apparitions: The Roy Strong Diaries 1988 2003

  • Funny, barbed and moving, Roy Strong's diaries are a treasure ... magnificently readable - THE TIMES

  • Viper wit from the gardener, writer and Knight of exquisite taste - DAILY TELEGRAPH

  • When it comes to ... high society gossip, Roy Strong is in a class of his own - DAILY MAIL

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Roy Strong

Sir Roy Strong CH, historian, diarist and gardener, was Director of the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum. His previous two volumes of his diaries: SPLENDOURS AND MISERIES and SCENES AND APPARITIONS brilliantly cover the years 1967-2003. His acclaimed THE STORY OF BRITAIN was updated and reissued in 2018.

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