The golden age of scurrilous gossip

Simon Heffer brings us the thrillingly uncensored musings of a celebrated diarist, writes Anthony Quinn

You wonder if it’s possible to be as consumed as Chips by the engagement of Fruity Metcalfe and Baba Curzon

Edited by Simon Heffer Hutchinson, £35, pp1,024 Anthony Quinn’s new novel London, Burning is published in April (Little, Brown). To order Henry ‘Chips’ Channon for £30.45 go to guardianbookshop.com or call 0203176 3837
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