I do want to make her happy --she's such a good person.' In the same entry he adds that he must get rid of Alison.
When Jane eventually learnt of his feelings for Alison it was a body blow.
When Jane read a first draft of my biography she commented that, although married to her husband for 41 years, she 'hadn't known the half of it'.
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After Alan Clark's death in 1999, at the age of 71, his Parliamentary papers were sent to Saltwood, his castle in Kent.
Everything then was quite relaxed and old-fashioned.' When Alison first worked for Alan he had an office in the Department of Trade in Victoria Street, where she often had to go.
When he changed jobs in July 1989 to Defence, her trek was longer, but Alan's driver would sometimes act as her chauffeur. I don't know what's going to happen.' Alison says it was not a physical relationship, just a very intense friendship. (the initials derived from Mr Clark) in her letters. In June 1991, Alan wrote on the back of a sheet of Sotheby's notepaper: 'I bear you no ill-will my darling. 'I'm actually ill, have been for months, lovesick, it's called.
Disgraceful.' Jane knew Alison only as Alan's constituency secretary.
In a diary entry for March 4, 1991, he writes: 'Darling Jane is looking a wee bit strained.
Jane, the wife he had married in 1958 when she was just 16, gradually began sorting through them.
When I started work, at her suggestion, as Alan's biographer, she showed me three ministerial Red Boxes, each with the rubbed gold letters 'Minister for Trade, Department of Trade and Industry'.
Here she was in her early 20s with a career to think about.