Winston Churchill towers over every other figure in twentieth-century British history. By the time of his death at the age of 90 in 1965, many thought him to be the greatest man in the world.
Since the last major biography, over 40 collections of private papers of people who worked with him have been deposited at the Churchill Archive. Andrew Roberts has used these, and King George VI’s private diaries detailing their meetings, as well as many other new sources – such as the verbatim accounts of War Cabinet meetings that he discovered – to present a totally fresh view of the wartime premier. Petworth Festival is thrilled to welcome the author of a new book that includes recently unearthed photos and a veritable gold-mine of revelations showing Churchill as we’ve never seen him before, in all his complexity.
Andrew Roberts is a biographer and historian of international renown whose books include Salisbury: Victorian Titan, Masters and Commanders and The Storm of War – all major prize-winners. His most recent book, Napoleon the Great (2014), won the Grand Prix of the Fondation Napoléon and the Los Angeles Times Biography Prize. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Historical Society, a Trustee of the International Churchill Society, Visiting Professor at the Department of War Studies at King’s College, London, and the Roger and Martha Mertz Visiting Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
Andrew Roberts (photo: Anna Kunst)