LECTURE How Churchill became PM: the six minutes in May 1940 that gave Britain a new wartime leader
January 22 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Nicholas Shakespeare, novelist and biographer
A former BBC journalist and Telegraph literary editor, Nicholas Shakespeare has written numerous prize-winning novels and an acclaimed authorised biography of Bruce Chatwin. He has devised television programmes about Evelyn Waugh and Dirk Bogarde. He has lived in and written about Tasmania.
He completed Six Minutes in May, his dramatic account of the events in 1940 which changed the course modern history, during his spell as a Visiting Fellow of All Souls in 2016. The resulting book has been widely praised. Historian Andrew Roberts, a former HLSI speaker, wrote: ‘Nicholas Shakespeare’s impeccably researched, coherent and revelatory explanation about how Churchill became prime minister at the exact time of Hitler’s onslaught in the west is totally captivating. It will stand as the best account of those extraordinary few days for very many years.’