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An Uneasy Inheritance, by Polly Toynbee

Cover of An Uneasy Inheritance, by Polly Toynbee.

I loved this memoir by British journalist and writer, Polly Toynbee.

This is an investigation of the meaning of privilege in Britain from a woman who was born into that privilege and who is realistic in recognising the luck she had in being born into that world of famous and illustrious family members. The strong sense of justice pervades Toynbee’s memoir – she is very much a leftie while also being aware of her perceived hypocrisy. Her deep concern for the underdog underpins the book to the extent that she twice undertook menial jobs to draw attention to the plight of those living on the poverty line.

Extremely well written and honest, I found this novel to be compulsive reading.

4.5/5 Stars