The Autobiography of a Cad is the hilarious spoof memoir of one Edward Fox-Ingleby, an upper-class rotter and chancer of the first order.
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He will go to any lengths to get the things he wants: power, money and lashings of the fairer sex.
From his earliest year’s on his father's estate through to Eton, Oxford, the Great War and his proud life in politics, his memoir - prone to the odd bout of self-regarding prolix - is an attempt to legitimise his life's actions.
With bare-faced cheek he regularly turns a blind-eye to his incessant devious and malicious acts and instead chooses to paint himself as a gentleman misunderstood.
Throughout his career, he abuses family, friends, lovers, colleagues and servants without a care.
As a Tory MP he becomes the political opportunist incarnate for whom ideals and honour are simply excess baggage.
It is a tale of seedy intrigue where our cad is always just one step away from having his Machiavellian plots uncovered.
Yet his utter gall makes him one of the most devilishly entertaining comic characters in 20th-century English fiction.
'The Autobiography of a Cad is a wonderfully sharp, clever, funny and cutting book which for some reason has been hugely underrated. Anyone reading it now will realise that, while Britain might have changed beyond recognition, our politicians remain exactly the same.' Simon Hoggart
‘A classic - a joyous cocktail of Flashman, Wodehouse and Evelyn Waugh. This cynical, comic novel will shock and appal most readers - but also entertain them.’ Richard Foreman, author of Raffles: The Gentleman Thief.
A. G. Macdonell was a Scottish writer and journalist. His most famous book was 'England, Their England.'
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