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Richard Needham takes a businesslike attitude to the Troubles

11 December 2021

9:00 AM

11 December 2021

9:00 AM

One Man, Two Worlds: Memoir of a Businessman in Politics Richard Needham

Blackstaff, pp.320, 14.99

This memoir from Sir Richard Needham, 6th Earl of Kilmorey, businessman and former Northern Ireland minister, has a frank opening: ‘I came from a family of barely solvent aristocrats, who distrusted trade and despised politics. For some inexplicable reason, however, I had always been fascinated by both.’ Although generations of Needhams before him had ‘uneventful’ military careers, at 15 Richard decided upon an alternative plan: ‘I would first make some money, and then enter politics and change the world.’

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