Thursday, 23 November 2017,
18:00 to 20:00
The lecture starts at 18:00 with registration from 17:30
The interest in Winston Churchill never diminishes. Earlier this year the eponymous film portrayed the war leader's hopes and fears on the eve of D-Day; in a few weeks time, the movie 'Darkest Hour' will see Gary Oldman playing a beleaguered premier in the grim days of May 1940. But does the legend of Churchill - brilliant orator who won the war almost singlehandedly - stand up to scrutiny? Roger Hermiston, author of 'All Behind You, Winston - Churchill's Great Coalition 1940-45' argues that Churchill's titantic reputation obscures a vital truth - that neither he nor the country would have prevailed if it hadn't have been for his remarkable 'ministry of all the talents'. History has overlooked the contribution of outstanding individuals like the Labour trio of Clement Attlee, Ernest Bevin and Herbert Morrison, mercurial newspaper baron Lord Beaverbrook, charismatic information minister Brendan Bracken, and the housewives favourite, food minister Lord Woolton. This is their story.
Roger Hermiston is a writer and journalist, who was Assistant Editor on BBC Radio 4's Today programme from 1998-2010. His first book, Clough and Revie, was an acclaimed dual biography of English football's most famous and controversial managers. His second, The Greatest Traitor - The Secret Lives of Agent George Blake, told the extraordinary tale of arguably the most damaging spy to the West's cause in the Cold War.