‘Fame Is The Spur’ by Howard Spring


In the mid-1800s, a young working class boy is growing up in Manchester. Sixty years later, that same person is a statesman, a legendary politician and he is rewriting his own history in his diary – putting forwards a more forgiving version of his amazing rise in life. Fame Is The Spur is a fascinating and oddly riveting story for a book about an essentially dislikable main character. Although it was rather painful at the end, I could not get the story out of my head.

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