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Margot Asquith, an Autobiography - Two Volumes in One   By: (1864-1945)

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Margot Asquith, an Autobiography - Two Volumes in One by Margot Asquith offers a captivating journey into the life of a remarkable woman who lived during a pivotal period in history. Told through her own candid and engaging voice, this memoir provides readers with a captivating glimpse into the political and social spheres of late 19th and early 20th century Britain.

Within these pages, Margot Asquith, the wife of former British Prime Minister H.H. Asquith, regales readers with anecdotes and insights about prominent figures of her time, including politicians, artists, and royalty. Asquith's account of the tumultuous political landscape is particularly fascinating, as she sheds light on the decision-making processes and behind-the-scenes power struggles of British politics during this era.

What sets this autobiography apart is Asquith's unapologetic honesty. She fearlessly discusses the challenges she faced as a woman in a male-dominated society, offering poignant commentary on gender inequality and the suffrage movement. Her determination to play an active role in political life, despite societal norms, is truly inspiring.

Moreover, Asquith's vivid descriptions of her personal relationships provide a glimpse into the private lives of influential figures. Her descriptions of the artistic and intellectual circles she inhabited bring these individuals to life, making the reader feel as though they are at the center of the vibrant conversations and debates that shaped the era.

While the extensive political and historical references may be daunting for readers unfamiliar with this period, Asquith skillfully balances these elements with personal anecdotes that add a human touch to the narrative. Her witty observations and sharp sense of humor ensure that the book remains engaging throughout, making even dry political discussions appealing to a wider audience.

The book's structure, combining two volumes into one, allows readers to delve deeper into Asquith's life and experiences. From her early years and rise to prominence to her married life and the challenges of being in the public eye, this autobiography reveals the woman behind the iconic figure. Asquith's ability to reflect on her own actions and choices, admitting both her successes and mistakes, further adds depth to the narrative and enhances its authenticity.

In conclusion, Margot Asquith, an Autobiography - Two Volumes in One is a riveting account of a woman who defied societal expectations and played an active role in shaping the political landscape of her time. Asquith's writing is eloquent, her storytelling compelling, and her insights into British history fascinating. This memoir is a must-read for anyone interested in politics, feminism, or the vibrant cultural milieu of turn-of-the-century Britain.

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What? Have you not received powers, to the limits of which you will bear all that befalls? Have you not received magnanimity? Have you not received courage? Have you not received endurance? EPICTETUS


When I began this book I feared that its merit would depend upon how faithfully I could record my own impressions of people and events: when I had finished it I was certain of it. Had it been any other kind of book the judgment of those nearest me would have been invaluable, but, being what it is, it had to be entirely my own; since whoever writes as he speaks must take the whole responsibility, and to ask "Do you think I may say this?" or "write that?" is to shift a little of that responsibility on to someone else. This I could not bear to do, above all in the case of my husband, who sees these recollections for the first time now. My only literary asset is natural directness, and that faculty would have been paralysed if I thought anything that I have written here would implicate him. I would rather have made a hundred blunders of style or discretion than seem, even to myself, let alone the world at large, to have done that.

Unlike many memoirists, the list of people I have to thank in this preface is short: Lord Crewe and Mr... Continue reading book >>

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