Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky left him alienated from everyone close to him, except the family's pet dog.

In her soon-to-be released memoirs, LIVING HISTORY, Clinton's wife, New York senator HILLARY describes the chaos caused by the revelations of Clinton's indiscretions with the White House intern - which shook the world in 1998.

She says, "As a wife, I wanted to wring Bill's neck," but adds that she finally resolved that she loved him, wanted to keep the marriage intact and supported what he was doing as president.

In the book, which is released in America next week (begs19JUN03), Hilary recalls two bedside conversations in January and August 1998. In the first Clinton warned her the Lewinsky story was coming out and it wasn't true. In the second, the weekend before he testified about his relationship with the intern to a grand jury, the president confessed there was truth to the allegations.

She writes, "He now realised he would have to testify that there had been an inappropriate intimacy. He told me that what happened between them had been brief and sporadic.

"I could hardly breathe. Gulping for air, I started crying and yelling at him, 'What do you mean? What are you saying? Why did you lie to me?' I was furious and getting more so by the second. He just stood there saying over and over again, 'I'm sorry. I'm so sorry. I was trying to protect you and CHELSEA.'"

Shortly after they travelled to their regular vacation destination, Martha's Vineyard - off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

She adds, "I felt nothing but profound sadness, disappointment and unresolved anger. I could barely speak to Bill, and when I did, it was a tirade. BUDDY, the dog, came along to keep Bill company. He was the only member of our family who was still willing to."

Clinton was paid a massive $2.85 million (GBP1.9 million) advance for Living History, toward the $8 million (GBP5.3 million) book deal. Publishers SIMON + SCHUSTER are anticipating huge demand - and have ordered 1 million copies for the first print.

04/06/2003 17:28