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Hugo Vickers says: He gives one of the most wonderful day-to-day accounts of the abdication, and was a very good observer of the party scene

 

Chris Mullin says: Sir Henry “Chips” Channon was a Tory MP for Southend – an American who married into the Guinness family and was therefore at home in high society. He never rose in rank above being parliamentary private secretary to the deputy foreign secretary, RAB Butler. His secret was that he entertained on a truly lavish scale. The king comes to dinner during the middle of the abdication crisis. Churchill comes to dinner, both in opposition and as prime minister. Everybody passes through his salon.