Douglas Hurd retired as Foreign Secretary in 1995 after a distinguished career in Government spanning 16 years. As Secretary of State for Ireland, Home Secretary and then six years in the Foreign Office in Margaret Thatcher and John Major's administrations, he was at the very heart of modern political decision-making. Earlier he had run Edward Heath's private office from 1968 to 1970 and acted as his Political Secretary when Heath was Prime Minister (1970-74). A Life Peer since 1997, he continues to write highly respected political novels and works in the City as Chairman of the Advisory Committee of Hawkpoint Partners.
these memoirs ... are in a different league from those written by his accomplices in the Thatcher and Major administrations - Simon Heffer, LITERARY REVIEW
Hurd ... is a heavyweight. As prose, his memoirs stand comparison with those of Denis Healey and Roy Jenkins - Andrew Billen, THE TIMES
full of entertaining vignettes ... wry, understated and self-deprecating ... a first-rate account of the life of a man who was a credit to a profession that it is fashionable to despise - John Major, MAIL ON SUNDAY
Keenly observant and self-aware, and a master of the telling detail ... [With] its quiet wit and frequent insights, this is a beautifully written book, well worth waiting for - Nigel Lawson, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH