The “elegant, gossipy and bitchy” diaries of a Conservative politician who partied with Nazis in 1930s Berlin are to be published in full for the first time.

The first volume of the diaries of the socialite Sir Henry “Chips” Channon, who dined with Marcel Proust and Jean Cocteau as a young man in France and was a close friend to Edward VIII during the abdication crisis, will be published next year. The uncensored observations include revelations that were deemed too shocking for the heavily sanitised edition published in 1967, nine years after his death.

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