Book of the week

Lord Hailsham, A Life by Geoffrey Lewis.

This authorised biography gets its first outing in paperback this week and reveals how times have changed at the Lord Chancellor's Department since Lord Hailsham's day. The apartments, which have been lavishly redecorated by the current incumbent, are described as "austere" while the post of Lord Chancellor was deemed by Lord Hailsham as a political backwater.