Father Dear Father

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Random House, May 31, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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Petronella Wyatt writes: 'The eccentricities of my father, Lord (Woodrow) Wyatt (1918-1997), are a legend. I, his only daughter, was required to participate in his astonishing behaviour with all the enthusiasm I could muster. This resulted in a childhood of a kind unknown to the late 20th-century - a mixture of Edwardian extravagance, Victorian whimsicality and a vivid 18th-century haute sophistication. 'Father was the last of the old school. Described by his friend and former political rival Roy Jenkins as 'the ultimate original', he was a politician, writer, race-horse owner, womaniser and bon vivant - a unique product of pre-war English civilisation. His career ensured him a varied circle of friends. I grew up with such companions as Harold Macmillan, Margaret Thatcher, Rupert Murdoch, Robin Day, Sir James Goldsmith, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret, the Duke of Devonshire and much of Debrett's Peerage. 'Each chapter of the book will contain personal and historically important anecdotes about the famous that have never before appeared in print and which will generate considerable news coverage. What I am writing is a waspish social document - irreverent, satirical, dramatic and scandalous, disclosing how the privileged enjoy their privileges

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About the author (2012)

Petronella Wyatt was educated at St Paul’s Girls’ School and University College, London, where she read History. Her first job was on the Peterborough column of the Daily Telegraph before she became a leader writer and feature writer for that newspaper. She moved to the Sunday Telegraph where she wrote the Mandrake column and wrote a column under her on name. In 1997 she became Deputy Editor of the Spectator. She writes political interviews for the Daily Telegraph and makes regular appearances on television. She lives in London.

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