Cold Cream

Author(s): Ferdinand Mount


Cold Cream is a sparkling autobiography in the great tradition: wonderfully perceptive, exquisitely rendered and bursting with characters and anecdotes of every shade and hue. A tender, moving and witty portrait of Ferdinand Mount's family and his early life, it follows his bumbling path from his decadent upbringing in the world of 'Hobohemia' to his schooldays at Eton, and from the boozy depths of Fleet Street in the 60s to his years at the vortex of Downing Street in the 80s as speech writer (much to his own bemusement) for Margaret Thatcher. Every sentence radiates with fondness, intelligence and humour in this utterly charming anthology of an eccentric and colourful cast of people who defined their generation.


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A BBC Radio Four Book of the Week, Cold Cream received fantastic reviews in hardback This is a book to stand beside Alan Clarke's diaries, Brian Thompson's KEEPING MUM (winner of the Costa Biography Award), Xandra Bingley's bestselling BERTIE, MAY AND MRS FISH, Tim Jeal's SWIMMING WITH MY FATHER and John Cornwell's SEMINARY BOY. Think James Lees-Milne without the snobbery. Longlisted for the BBC Four Samuel Johnson Prize 2008

'Hard to beat. I could read this sort of book for ever' Stephen Fry, Independent 'Reading this book actually makes you feel perceptibly happier and buoyed up' Evening Standard 'An unadulterated joy ... Every page is shot through with anecdote and wit, so that the whole experience feels like being at a peculiarly wonderful dinner party ... Funny, astute and clever' Observer 'A loving, lyrical, life-filled memoir' Guardian

Ferdinand Mount was born in 1939, the son of a steeplechase jockey, and brought up on Salisbury Plain. After being educated at Eton and Oxford, he made various false starts as a children's nanny, a gossip columnist, bagman to Selwyn Lloyd, and leader-writer on the doomed Daily Sketch. He later surfaced, slightly to his surprise and everyone else's, as head of Margaret Thatcher's Policy Unit and later editor of the Times Literary Supplement. He is married with three children and two grandchildren and has lived in Islington for half his life.Apart from political columns and essays, he has written a six-volume series of novels, A Chronicle of Modern Twilight, which began with The Man Who Rode Ampersand, based on his father's racing life, and included Of Love And Asthma (he is a temporarily retired asthmatic), which won the Hawthornden Prize for 1992. He also writes what he calls Tales of History and Imagination, including Umbrella, which the historian Niall Ferguson called 'quite simply the best historical novel in years'.

General Fields

  • : 9780747596479
  • : 55652
  • : 55652
  • : March 2009
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 23mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Ferdinand Mount
  • : Paperback
  • : 823.914
  • : 384
  • : Illustrations