‘a fascinating tour guide, rich in stories and detail, which informs as well as entertains a kind of life through places.’ – New Statesman
‘…an ingenious new way to write about Winston Churchill, through the great man’s incredibly powerful sense of place. Whether as a travel-guide for a Churchill enthusiast or for the general reader, this book will bring instruction and joy.’ – Andrew Roberts
‘Congratulations to Peter Clark on finding such an innovative take on Churchill. This book is a delightful read on so many levels. I challenge any reader not to learn and understand more about Churchill.’– Anthony Seldon
More books have been written about Winston Churchill than any modern historical figure, but Peter Clark’s Churchill’s Britain does something quite different. It takes the reader the length and breadth of Britain and Ireland to lesser-known places associated with Churchill’s life. Some are familiar – Blenheim Palace, Chartwell, the Cabinet War Rooms – but we also see his schools, far-flung parliamentary constituencies in Dundee and Epping, the sites of famous speeches, the place he started to paint, the shop he bought his cigars, and the final resting places of his family and close friends. We read about these places in his own words alongside Clark’s insightful analysis and, by visiting sites that made important but less-celebrated contributions to the story of Churchill’s life, we come closer to a full picture. Clark takes us from the site of his father’s marriage proposal to his American future wife on the Isle of Wight to his grave in a country churchyard in Oxfordshire.
Each of the eight regions of the United Kingdom is introduced with a map, and the entries cross-referenced. It can be dipped into, consulted by the traveller, or read straight through. However used, Churchill’s Britain provides fascinating and fresh insights into this extraordinary man.
PETER CLARK is a writer and translator with degrees from Keele and Leicester universities. For 31 years he was in the overseas career service of the British Council. He has written books on Istanbul, on various British writers and has translated nine books from Arabic.