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In January 2004, where his third volume of Diaries begins, Roy Strong was in a state of deep grief following the death of his wife, Julia Trevelyan Oman, three months earlier. Yet the following years demonstrate his determination and resourcefulness, as well as extraordinary energy and creativity. New ideas for books are brought to fruition, regular forays into the worlds of TV and radio are made, and a three-year photographic portrait project with John Swannell concluded with the Sir Portrait exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

The final year, 2015, sees Roy Strong celebrate his 80th birthday, agree the takeover of The Laskett house and garden, and receive news of his forthcoming appointment as a Companion of Honour for services to the nation’s culture.

As with the two previous volumes, here is a wonderful window on to Roy Strong’s world. His encounters with churchmen, politicians, royalty – and friends old and new – are all described with a telling eye for detail and delicious wit. While there is frustration at the changing world around him, and the loss of beloved friends, TYPES AND SHADOWS is a hugely informative and entertaining record of a uniquely full and colourful life.

Reviews

Society darling Roy Strong's intimate accounts of the rich and famous are as mischievous as ever - but with added poignancy following his wife's death
Mail Online
The third volume of Sir Roy Strong's infamous diaries makes for essential reading
Tatler
Roy Strong's towering egotism is really rather engaging . . . Dr Sir Roy Strong CH is a unique, admirable and enduring invention
Spectator
Surely one of the most astute and perceptive chroniclers of our age
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