Piers Brendon, author of the bestselling Eminent Edwardians, turns his sharp and witty eye to four characters who have illuminated the age of Elizabeth II- Rupert Murdoch, Prince Charles, Margaret Thatcher and Mick Jagger.
Piers Brendon is the author of more than a dozen books, including biographies of Churchill and Eisenhower, the best-selling Eminent Edwardians and The Dark Valley, and, most recently, the highly acclaimed The Decline and Fall of the British Empire. He also writes for television and contributes frequently to the national press. Formerly Keeper of the Churchill Archives Centre, he is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
"A delight for connoisseurs of irreverence (4 stars)" --
Christopher Silvester * Daily Express *
"The book abounds with funny stories...there are three or four juicy details on every page (4 stars)" -- Craig Brown * Mail on Sunday *
"Excellent... By bringing a real historian's discipline to the task, Brendon has unearthed lots of new material, including the first logged double entendre by Margaret "will this gun jerk me off?" Thatcher -" -- Simon Hoggart * Guardian *
"He possesses a sharp eye for illuminating detail and for his subjects' contradictions... Often he is as funny as he is viperfish... If there is plenty of acidity here, there is also fairness" -- John Preston * Sunday Telegraph *
"Entirely refreshing... Steers well clear of reverence... It's all merrily contentious stuff - and Brendon wears his mask of criticism well" -- Bel Mooney * Daily Mail *