Dr John McCarthy’s review of Nye: The Political Life of Aneurin Bevan (Oxford Today, Trinity 2015, p. 55 and online here) doesn’t mention Bevan’s main work In Place of Fear. When I was first a Labour Party activist, in Battersea, in the Seventies, I read it and found it much more resonant than Crosland’s The Future of Socialism, Bevan was superior orator to Crosland, and wrote well too, drawing on his personal experience as a miner before he became an MP.

The strength of In Place of Fear is, among other things, its account of the founding of the NHS and why it was so important; whereas in The Future of Socialism there is a more detailed analysis of how socialism might adapt to changing conditions. Neither work anticipated Thatcherism and privatisation.