David Aaronovitch is a writer and broadcaster on culture, international affairs, politics and the media. A Times columnist, his books include Voodoo Histories. He runs. Or tries to.
In conversation with psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz, award-winning journalist David Aaronovitch describes how writing Party Animals: Growing Up Communist, his memoir of early life amongst communists in Britain, led him to re-examine his own memories and then to study old secret service files, uncovering the unspoken shame and fears that provided the unconscious background to his own existence as a party animal.