Kicking The Bar

By Wynn Wheldon

A brand new biography of the legendary broadcaster, Huw Wheldon

Friday, 24 July 2015


Sorry to read of the death of Owen Chadwick, who wrote one of my favourite books, 'Victorian Miniature' - a study of the relationship between the squire and the parson in the Norfolk village of Ketteringham, between 1838 and 1869.  Doesn't sound like a page turner, does it, but it did it for me. A little classic.

I need hardly add that it was brought to my attention by my father, who served with Chadwick on the board of the National Portrait Gallery.  Another book by Chadwick I enjoyed a lot was 'Britain and the Vatican in the Second World War', which was actually chiefly about a chap called D'Arcy Godolphin Osborne, who was the British envoy to the Vatican during the war. He was a kind of Scarlet Pimpernel.  A movie was made of his exploits, starring Gregory Peck.

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