INDEPENDENT MEMBER by A.P. Herbert

INDEPENDENT MEMBER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The apparently irrepressible M.P. lingers happily over his 14 years in the House of Commons as representative of Oxford University. Preceded by his long, legal assault on this august body for its illegal sale of liquors, he gives the tally of his Maiden Speech (Churchill said it was not that, it was a ""brazen huzzy"" of a speech), the liberal reforms he tackled (the most notorious, the Divorce Laws), and the ineffective barking he did for water bus travel on the Thames and for the independence of Newfoundland, among others. There are the war years too, and his service in the Navy; the accounts of the terrible trials that his country underwent; his passion for navigation and his renaming of the stars; and there is his warm-hearted devotion to Church-hill and Montgomery. He includes many of his speeches and writings and brings to life the technical workings of his government in spite of all their complications and he touches off his serious intent with a gay and impudent crackle of blithe humor. The champion of the smaller fry and their small works and wrangles proves to be a most humane fighter and warm companion. Rule Britannia.

Pub Date: June 7th, 1951
Publisher: Doubleday