An extraordinary drama of passion and sacrifice at the very heart of the British government, as told by one of the great political biographers of our time.
John Campbell is recognised as one of Britain's leading political biographers. In addition to Edward Heath, which won the NCR Award in 1994, and his highly praised two-volume biography of Margaret Thatcher (2000 and 2003), his subjects have included Lloyd George (1977), F.E. Smith, Lord Birkenhead (1983), Roy Jenkins (1983) and Aneurin Bevan (1986). His most recent book was Pistols at Dawn. He is currently writing the authorised biography of Roy Jenkins.
Fascinating... John Campbell has an extraordinary story to tell and
he tells it with great skill and authority... Gripping -- Jane
Ridley * Literary Review *
Campbell's pacily written book is tantalising. It is the sheer quantity of material, with hundreds of letters and diary entries comprehensively transcribed, that makes this rather prurient volume possible -- Chris Bryant * The Independent *
Elegant... [Campbell] makes an excellent fist of it, using innumerable letters and diaries to produce an engrossing, judicious read -- Dominic Sandbrook * Sunday Times *
A book that is by turns compulsively readable and deeply enlightening about the character of one of our greatest Prime Ministers * Independent on Sunday *
Judicious, workmanlike and thorough -- Hilary Spurling * Observer *