Malcom Muggeridge

Most impressive to me is the anti-climax of his reception into the Church of Rome very late in life. This did not give Muggeridge the peace that he had expected ([Richard] Ingrams’s biography is better on this than Wolfe’s), and he may have vaguely understood that it wasn’t really peace he had been desiring. He was a fair example of restlessness and unease – of what has been called divine discontent. There certainly remain moments when Muggeridge was entirely Mr. Worldly Wiseman. But to read his biography is to see there are other moments in his turbulent life when he was temporarily promoted in Bunyan’s cast of characters and could stand in for Mr. Valiant-For-Truth.