By Ann Gold
A biography of Edward Boyle, written as a set of essays by means of former colleagues and neighbors. The essays are provided in chronological series and talk about intimately definite sessions and occasions of his life.
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In 1969 he was appointed vice-chairman. In April 1969 he organised a large and splendid dinner party in the House of Commons to celebrate the golden jubilee of Sir Allen's first entry into publishing. After Sir Allen's death in July 1970, he was briefly acting chairman, and Kaye Webb19 remembers: It was a difficult, uneasy sort of time; we were being required to make far-reaching decisions which would have a profound effect on our future buying and marketing plans. Yet Edward, usually arriving with only minutes to spare, and never having time to stay for lunch, brought with him a calm competence Introduction 33 which infected us all, so that after summarising the position to everyone's satisfaction rather like a good headmaster, he would then disappear back to London, clutching last-minute sandwiches which I made for him to eat in the car.
What he liked best was to be made to laugh, which he did very easily and very often. ' By the end of that year he had been selected as candidate for the Perry Barr division of Birmingham. Evidently in the summer term Edward felt some anxiety about the state of his studies, because on 12 June his tutor, Steven Watson, replied to an 'early morning letter' as follows: I can see how difficult the term has been and I am not very worried about it, provided you do those things we should have done. If I have not already done so I will sometime complete the list of essays I would have set you and the books to go with them.
When he became a trustee he had the added pleasure of being entitled to use the Glyndebourne box once a year; this held ten people, and enabled him to invite people whom he felt might not otherwise get the opportunity to go to Glyndebourne, which he particularly liked to do. He used to look forward each year to the arrival of the forthcoming programme, and going to Glyndebourne was latterly the only form of holiday he took, for he was disinclined to go abroad simply for the purpose of a holiday, though he was eager to see the historical sights and the art galleries when he was abroad for some official reason.
Edward Boyle: His life by his friends by Ann Gold