This book has been a catalogue of mistakes by politicians, moral and practical disasters which led to wars, enslavement and wretchedness on a scale which no previous age could have dreaded or dreamed of.
My kind publishers, Toby Mundy and Margaret Stead of Atlantic Books, have commissioned me to write the life of Queen Victoria.
I'm not saying all publishers have to be literary, but some interest in books would help.
If you imagine writing 1,000 words a day, which most journalists do, that would be a very long book a year.
I don't write books inadvertently.
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