Books of the year 2010 | Jon Snow

Decline and Fall by Chris Mullin

The beauty of Chris Mullin's second volume of diaries, Decline and Fall (Profile Books, £20), is that I can return to it time and time again and retrieve something that considerably humanises British politics in the aftermath of a good bit of the inhuman. Funny, revealing, redemptive and informing - it is a loss that we could not have read more of his entries when he wrote them, and a greater loss that he has now left the place on which he kept so beady a watch.

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