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An Uneasy Inheritance


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Table of Contents

1: What Children Know 2: Arnold 3: Harry: A Social Reformer's Tragedy 4: Rosalind 5: Good People, Bad Parents 6: Philip the Child 7: Philip at Oxford and at War 8: My Mother Anne 9: Philip the Father 10: Rhodesia: Many Painful Political Lessons Learned in One Brief Episode 11: Josephine 12: Escaping Oxford, Starting Work 13: Philip - Older But Not Wiser 14: Work, Thirty Years Later 15: An Ending

About the Author

Polly Toynbee is a journalist, author and broadcaster. A Guardian columnist and broadcaster, she was formerly the BBC's social affairs editor. She has written for the Observer, the Independent and Radio Times and been an editor at the Washington Monthly. She has won numerous awards including a National Press Award and the Orwell Prize for Journalism.


Entertaining...a surprisingly enjoyable family memoir
*Sunday Times*

Part social analysis, part polemic (once a columnist, always a columnist), part compelling family memoir, replete with vivid - often hilarious, often shocking - anecdotes. It is ultimately, however, a work of love, forgiveness and understanding.
*Financial Times*

Fascinating...She has spent a lifetime highlighting the need for social change, and her book fizzes with that continuing purpose

Enthralling...laceratingly honest and often funny

An irresistible, self-aware British class comedy. It reads rather like an Evelyn Waugh novel
*New Statesman*

For the many people who have followed Toynbee's career and felt a connection with her strong, radical voice, this book will delight and educate in equal measure
*Yorkshire Life*

Marked by its compassion, humour and elegiac tone
*Irish Times*

Funny, moving and crammed with extraordinary stories, the best, and least hypocritical, book about class I've ever read
*Andrew Marr*

An outstanding work: totally absorbing and so well written, packed with interesting events, people and thoughts.
*Claire Tomalin*

As usual with anything written by Polly Toynbee there is much insight and wisdom between its covers. What is unusual is the introspection. This is a book about class and feminism and social history. Above all it's a riveting and moving memoir about growing up on the privileged side of a class divide that she dedicated her professional life to eradicating.
*Alan Johnson*

An extraordinary family memoir of generations of Toynbees for whom opposing class and privilege became the defining concern of their lives. This is a wonderful book, astute, funny, honest and deeply pertinent to Britain today.
*Caroline Moorehead*

A compelling and delicious narrative that vividly describes the gallery of amazing Toynbee forbears and connections but also gives us an extraordinary history of progressive politics and social reform in this country over 150 years. The Toynbee story is unlike any other. A wonderful read.
*Baroness Helena Kennedy KC*

An absorbing picture of entwined families managing for generations to lead (mostly) comfortable middle class lives while holding radical liberal or left wing views - uneasy indeed, but where would we be without them and others like them?
*Rt Hon Lady Hale DBE*

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