SIX MINUTES IN MAY

HOW CHURCHILL UNEXPECTEDLY BECAME PRIME MINISTER

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London, early May 1940: Britain is at war and Neville Chamberlain’s government is about to fall. It is hard for us to imagine the Second World War without Winston Churchill taking over at the helm, but in Six Minutes in May Nicholas Shakespeare shows how easily events could have gone in a different direction.

The first land battle of the war was fought in the far north, in Norway. It went disastrously for the Allies and many blamed Churchill. Yet weeks later he would rise to the most powerful post in the country, overtaking Chamberlain and the favourite to succeed him, Lord Halifax.

It took just six minutes for MPs to cast the votes that brought down Chamberlain. Shakespeare shows us both the dramatic action on the battlefield in Norway and the machinations and personal relationships in Westminster that led up to this crucial point. Uncovering fascinating new research and delving deep into the backgrounds of the key players, he has given us a new perspective on this critical moment in our history.
ISBN: 9781846559730
Publisher: HARVILL SECKER
Subtitle: HOW CHURCHILL UNEXPECTEDLY BECAME PRIME MINISTER
Author: NICHOLAS SHAKESPEARE

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9781846559730

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2017

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508

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Nicholas William Richmond Shakespeare is a British novelist and biographer. Born to a diplomat, Nicholas Shakespeare grew up in the Far East and in South America. He was educated at the Dragon School preparatory school in Oxford, then at Winchester College and at Magdalene College, Cambridge. He worked as a journalist for BBC television and then on The Times as assistant arts and literary editor. From 1988 to 1991 he was literary editor of The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph. Since 2000, Shakespeare has been Patron of the Anita Goulden Trust, helping children in the Peruvian city of Piura. The UK-based charity was set up following an article that Shakespeare wrote for the Daily Telegraph magazine, which raised more than £350, 000. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He is married with two small boys and currently lives in Oxford.

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