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Books in brief—Kind of Blue: A Political Memoir

"Clarke doesn’t just come across as thick-skinned; he is resolutely unreflective"

By Alex Dean   December 2016

9781509837199kind-of-blue(Macmillan, £25)

Ken Clarke became an MP when David Cameron was three years old. Having occupied a ringside seat in high-power Conservative politics for five decades since then, holding a host of Cabinet positions, Clarke has seen it all. The former Chancellor runs us through his life in his memoir Kind of Blue (an allusion to both his political stripe and his love of jazz, especially Miles Davis).

There are some good anecdotes. Clarke describes the eccentric Quintin Hogg, while Lord Chancellor, sitting with a small dog on his lap during Cabinet…

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