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Mr Churchill's Profession: Statesman, Orator, Writer (Paperback)
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Mr Churchill's Profession: Statesman, Orator, Writer (Paperback)

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Paperback 368 Pages / Published: 04/07/2013
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In 1953, Winston Churchill received the Nobel Prize for Literature. In fact, Churchill was a professional writer before he was a politician, and published a stream of books and articles over the course of two intertwined careers. Now historian Peter Clarke traces the writing of the magisterial work that occupied Churchill for a quarter century, his four-volume History of the English-Speaking Peoples. As an author, Churchill faced woes familiar to many others; chronically short of funds, late on deadlines, scrambling to sell new projects or cajoling his publishers for more advance money. He signed a contract for the English-Speaking project in 1932, a time when his political career seemed over. The magnum opus was to be delivered in 1939, but in that year, history overtook history-writing. When the Nazis swept across Europe, Churchill was summoned from political exile to become Prime Minister. The English-Speaking Peoples would have to wait. The book would indeed be written and become a bestseller, after Churchill left public life. But even before he took office, the massive project was shaping his worldview, his speeches and his leadership. In these pages, Peter Clarke follows Churchill's monumental quest to chronicle the English-Speaking Peoples - a quest that helped to define the enduring 'special relationship' between Britain and America. In the process, Clarke gives us not just an untold chapter in literary history, but a fresh perspective on this iconic figure: a life of Churchill the author.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408831236
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 272 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Clarke gives us the fullest account yet of Churchill's hair-raising attitude towards money ... A scholarly gem: polished and sparkling and a lasting contribution to our understanding of Churchill * The Literary Review *
Engaging ... a good book about the literary work that provides its most powerful emotional underpinning * Financial Times *
Brilliant ... Mr Churchill's Profession is a pleasure in itself * Times Literary Supplement *
Fascinating, erudite and witty * Guardian *
This book has many virtues. It ranges widely, draws on great erudition and is often written with panache * Independent *
Of books about Winston Churchill there is no end ... Newcomers to this field need either to bring with them a reputation already made or else to happen upon a theme that has so far escaped notice. Peter Clarke scores under both headings * New Statesman *
It is a tribute to his protean personality, and to Clarke's diligent scholarship and elegant narration, that every aspect of his [Churchill's] life remains eternally fascinating * Sunday Telegraph *

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