Sir Henry Channon (7 March 1897 – 7 October 1958), often known as Chips Channon, was an American-born British Conservative politician, author and diarist. Channon …
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Why Sir Henry Channon’s Chips goes with everything. Chips Channon, in case you don’t know, was an American-born anglophile and major league snob, who married a Guinness and became the Conservative MP for Southend in 1935. His diaries are superbly gossipy: he knew (and occasionally slept with) everyone from Terence Rattigan to the Duke of Windsor.
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Sir Henry ‘Chips’ Channon’s extraordinary diaries, first published in 1967, are now considered a modern classic. The years covered in this volume, 1934-53, recall a vanished world where Channon’s priviliged orbit circled every social and public figure of the day in a round of parties, balls, country-house weekends and endless gossip.
Sir Henry ‘Chips’ Channon. September 14, 2015; Posted In: Diarist Socialite Sir Henry ‘Chips’ Channon (1897-1958) was a Chicago-born, Anglophile Conservative MP most famed for his caustic diaries kept daily between 1918 and his death.
Sir Henry “Chips” Channon was an American-born Tory MP married into the Guinness family. His son Paul Channon, former Cabinet Minister who became Lord Kelvedon and died recently at the age of 71, had discussed the possibility of publishing his father’s unexpurgated diaries now that most of the leading characters are no longer with us.
When all is said and done, the reputation of Sir Henry “Chips” Channon rests on the diaries that he kept for most of his life. Channon was a remnant of a lost world of privilege and snobbery, in which a safe seat in Parliament could be handed down from one member of a family to another, and the scandalous behavior of well-known public figures was kept out of the newspapers.
It was left to his amanuensis (and consummate biographer), Hugo Vickers, to unravel the originals after Beaton’s death; and on the basis that the dead cannot be sued, the unexpurgated versions of his diaries could then finally see the light of day (unlike those of “Chips” Channon, which remain, disgracefully, locked up in the Bodleian Library).
Chips Channon could have been a mere footnote in history was it not for the daily diaries he kept from 1918 until his death in 1958. Chips was a caustic, nay forensic, observer of high society in London.
Chips Channon was a minor, rightwing politician of the late 1930s who moved in gilded circles, but his diaries – heavily edited and published after his death – have made him one of the best
Henry (Chips) Channon was born in Chicago on 7th March 1897. He was educated in the United States and France and in served in Europe with the American Red Cross during the First World War . After the war he returned to the United States for a short time.
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“Chips”: The Diaries of Sir Henry Channon Paperback – 5 Aug 1996. by Chips Channon (Author), Robert Rhodes James (Editor) 4.6 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews. See all 7 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions. Amazon Price New from Used from