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Nicholas Shakespeare

05 Oct 2019 00:00 - 00:00

Penshurst Village Hall

As a child Nicholas Shakespeare followed his diplomat father around the world, later setting two of his early novels, Elena Silves and The Dancer Upstairs in South America. Nicholas worked for the BBC and The Times while he wrote, before becoming literary editor of the Daily Telegraph . After five novels, he turned to non-fiction in an acclaimed biography of controversial journalist and travel writer Bruce Chatwin. Nicholas has since alternated between fiction and non-fiction.

His most recent book, Six Minutes In May : How Churchill Unexpectedly became Prime Minister won particular praise for bringing a novelist's sensibility to historical research - described as "a superb achievement" by Ian McEwan and by the BBC’s John Simpson as "far and away the best account of the moment which changed our national life and the world" – in conversation with James Lee.