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Making herself disagreeable

Barbara Wootton, 6 December 1984

TheDiary of Beatrice Webb. Vol. III: ‘The Power to Alter Things’ 
edited by Norman Mackenzie and Jeanne Mackenzie.
Virago, 445 pp., £20, October 1984, 0 86068 211 0
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Beatrice and Sidney Webb: Fabian Socialists 
by Lisanne Radice.
Macmillan, 350 pp., £20, June 1984, 0 333 36183 0
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... to which, however, no reference is made in the diary. In her admirable biography of the couple, Lisanne Radice reports that Beatrice served on ‘a number of’ – unspecified – ‘prestigious government committees’, not mentioned in the diary, and that ‘as the war continued into its second and third years, the Labour movement began to assume ...

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