Clark, Alan ___ 1928-1999 ___ British ___ politician, writer

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
Alan was the eldest son of the art historian Kenneth Clark. He was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford, where he studied law, but turned instead to military history. His first book, The Donkeys (1961), was a revisionist history of British involvement in the First World War. He entered Parliament as MP for Plymouth Sutton in 1974 and served in various junior ministerial posts during the Thatcher governments of the 1980s. Following Thatcher's fall, he left politics, but then played a crucial role in undermining - by telling the truth about government practices - the Matrix Churchill trial. He first published his, now famous, political and personal diaries in 1993. In the late 1990s, he made a successful return to politics by being elected MP for Kensington and Chelsea. He died two years later.
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DIARY DATES, CONTENT DESCRIPTORS
1972-1999 ___ political society love/sex people historyeye self

WEB TEXT LINKS
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SOME PUBLISHED TITLES
Diaries: Into Politics 1972-1982
Diaries: In Power 1983-1992
Diaries: The Last Diaries 1993-1999
 

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