Twelve Cities: A Memoir. Roy Jenkins.

Twelve Cities: A Memoir

London: Macmillan, 2002. First Edition. First Printing. Hardcover. Signed by author on title page. USED - Very Good/ Fine. Navy buckram boards with gilt lettering to spine. Indigo endpapers. Light foxing to top edge of text block. A single minor bump along top edge of rear board. Interior is clean, unmarked, bright. Binding tight and square. Corners sharp. Overall an almost pristine, very nicely preserved copy. Inserts with B/W photographs. 15.5 x 24 cm. 249 pp. / Fine. Clear protective cover applied by previous owner. Item #15579

Roy Jenkins follows up Churchill with a book of a very different shape; short and semi-autobiographical, but also full of the wit and erudition which make that book such a success. Each of the twelve cities are described with a mixture of architectural interest, topographical insight, and personal anecdote.

Jenkins has three British cities: Cardiff, which was the metropolis of his Monmouthshire childhood, Birmingham which he represented in Parliament for 27 years, and Glasgow, which aroused in him an enthusiasm far transcending politics. Further afield there is Paris, Brussels, where he lived for four years as President of the European Commission; Bonn, and Berlin, surveyed from its pre-war splendour, through to its architectural resurgence of the 1990s, Naples and Barcelona. From Lord Jenkins's over a hundred visits to North America there emerge highly personal recollections of New York and a more objective view of the of Chicago. Dublin, so near to home and yet so distant, makes up the dozen.

Twelve Cities is a fascinating and sparkling collection from one of our very finest writers.

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