LECTURE Citizen Clem: a biography of Clement Attlee
January 29, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
John Bew, Professor in History and Foreign Policy, King’s College London
John Bew was born and brought up in Belfast and educated at Cambridge, where he became a lecturer in Modern British History. He is now Professor in History and Foreign Policy at King’s College London. His much praised biography of Clement Attlee, Citizen Clem, won both the Orwell and Longford Biography prizes in 1917, as well as being on nearly every critic’s book of the year list.
Attlee’s career and achievements, both in peace and war, inevitably lie in the shadow of Winston Churchill. He has been much under-rated both as Prime Minister and as Churchill’s deputy. This is true in the field of biography too. John Bew’s book is a major contribution to remedying this. Deeply researched and stylishly written, Bew makes sure that fitting justice is done to Attlee’s personal and professional bravery in two World Wars and in the political turmoil of the peace. Bew’s biography also shows that Attlee’s life was virtually a history of the Labour Party in the 20th century.
Among John Bew’s other books are Realpolitic –a history (2016) and Castelreagh – a life. (2011). After living for many years in East Finchley, he has recently moved south, but remains a staunch Arsenal fan.
- January 29, 2019
- 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm