Loose Ends and Extras is the last in a trilogy of books Lord Briggs has completed since his 90th birthday in May 2011. Following on from Special Relationships: People and Places, it deals with our relationship with time, and the differences between memory and history, in the context of his long and remarkable career. For example, as the official historian of the BBC, he worked closely with its legendary Director-General Lord Reith, and he compares the man he knew with the historical figure Reith has now become. The book also deals with 'Pasts, Present, and Futures' - there are many versions of the past and many possible futures, but only one present. This is another exceptional book from an exceptional man.
ASA BRIGGS is the author of the groundbreaking trilogy Victorian People, Victorian Cities and Victorian Things. His account of his wartime work as a cryptographer at Bletchley Park, Secret Days and his first memoir, Special Relationships: People and Places, were both published by Frontline.