Sebastian Coe: " I am just an Old fashioned Tory," by Decca Aitkenhead, the Guardian, note from Larry Eder


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Our friends at Let'sRun wrote about this, and they were spot on! 

This piece from the Guardian is supposed to be a review of the new book by Lord Coe. 

Decca Aitkenhead seemed genuinely unable to find anything of interest in either the interview with Lord Coe or his autobiography, Sebastian Coe, Running My Life, An Autobiography. Ms. Aitkenhead went out of her way to note that she was nearly nodding asleep during the interview. At first, I thought she was joking, but she was not. Decca Aitkenhead makes the point that Seb Coe wrote nothing revealing in the autobiography, noting where she also felt he left out what she would have found interesting on his family, his competition with Ovett, or with his political life. 

So many autobiographies come out now, as well as memoirs. Some give the reader a view of the life lived by the writer, some act as an apologists for the writer, and some tell amusing anecdotes. Seb Coe, has been a public person for most of his life. He has to be adept at keeping his private life private, as much as that is possible in British public life. What is obvious is that Seb Coe was not revealing any juicy tidbits of his life was not appreciated by the reviewer.

Decca Aitkenhead  just does not hide her disdain for her subject, or for her frustration that he did not reveal, in her mind, anything in his new book, Seb Coe, Running My Life, An Autobiography

I will be trying to get my hands on the book to give you my read on it. Until then, enjoy the review and read the comments, which are amazing.  

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