Jennie Lee: A Life

Jennie Lee: A Life

Patricia Hollis

Language: English

Pages: 500


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First published in 1997, Patricia Hollis's biography of the pioneering Labour MP Jennie Lee (1904-1988) won both the Wolfson History Prize and the Orwell Prize. It is the definitive study of this remarkable woman, her stormy political career, and her marriage to Aneurin Bevan. In a new preface to this edition Hollis adds insights into Lee's life which emerged subsequent to first publication, and also draws on her own experience as a Labour Minister from 1997-2005.

'Lee's lives and loves, passions and drives are beautifully and frankly explored in Patricia Hollis's compelling book.' THES

'Superbly researched, engrossingly written, scrupulously honest.' Gerald Kaufman, Daily Telegraph

'What makes it particularly fascinating is the author's own first-hand knowledge of politics and of the Labour movement.' TLS

'One of the best political biographies of recent years' Alan Watkins, New Statesman

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Establishment has ever shown itself able to spot infant genius.’ Others called for more money and wider access. Arnold Wesker demanded ‘a teaching of the arts that acknowledges the artists’ work as a battle field where ideas are fought out and values affirmed’—the arts grandees would have winced. A shrewd last comment came from David Holbrook: ‘It looks a little as though you are purveying posh ways of filling one’s leisure.’ The Party’s research department tried to pull some very discordant.

She did when she commissioned the HMIs to look at music and drama provision in schools, and the educational work of museums. Specialist advisers were crucial. Music advisers could, for example, organize instrumental teaching, found youth festivals and school orchestras.77 Slowly, their numbers grew. Jennie encouraged the Arts Council to parallel her work with theirs. In 1967, they set up a Young People’s Theatre Panel, which Jennie’s close friend, Constance Cummings, chaired. Grants for.

Broadcasting, June 1962, 46, 67, 273–7. 12. B. Sendall, Independent Television in Britain, vol. 2 (1983), 274 ff. Universities were also experimenting with closed-circuit TV; Strathclyde wanted a full broadcasting licence for its outreach work. 13. Even if ETV broadcast 18 hours a day, 7 days a week, that provided only 5,000 teaching hours p.a.; a medium-sized technical college like Ealing offered 35,000 teaching hours p.a. to its students. VCRs (not yet available) would soften, but not.

Truck with those who wanted us to have a kind of “dawn patrol”, with the idea that the time that no one else wanted on radio or television was good enough for a great university. We got rid of that idea.’ Traditional universities, she went on, had some murky corners, out of sight. ‘But you cannot have dark corners in an open university.’62 The OU demystified higher education. It was flexible in its teaching mode—television, correspondence work, radio, summer school, tutor-marked and.

Admitted that, aged almost 80, the strain of travelling around India was getting too much. When in 1984 Mrs Gandhi was assassinated, Jennie was devastated. In a book of commemorative essays she states simply: ‘I loved and admired Indira Gandhi more than any other world leader.’27 * When Jennie attended the Lords, her colleagues noted that she was endlessly scribbling. She was drafting My Life with Nye. In 1970 Archie Lush had stayed with her. Ten years had passed since Nye’s death. Tredegar.

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