An ugly duckling?
The Diary hopes that he will continue to enlighten us with his opinions. He called Harry Potter "very funny" and John Le Carre "outstanding" and "unervalued". And how prophetic was his statement in London's Evening Standard on March 8: "Everyone these days wants to work in the media."
But who was responsible for the headline atop his review of a biography of Hans Christian Andersen in the Mail on Sunday on October 29: "No happy end for the real ugly duckling."