Roy Strong’s Diaries (3)

I have finally finished reading Roy Strong’s Dairies, vol. 3, impossible not to enjoy. They are in so many ways remarkable. He never seems to lose his energy and his sense of optimism, always embarking on a new book or a new television programme or a new suit, dressing up as figures from history, photographed by John Swanell, doing his exercises, going out to lunch, learning to ride a bicycle for the first time aged 77, going on holiday, jetting off to San Antonio, going to the gym, always with an eternal sense of confidence and the idea of continual adaptation and re-invention. It’s exhausting just to read it. Amazing to think that he left the V&A in 1987, over forty years ago.


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