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Winston Churchill’s real profession – writing books


There’s a new biography about Winston Churchill… but hold on. Before you turn away because it’s another book about this famous statesman, this one addresses his writing career – the profession that paid the bills as far as this man was concerned. Mr. Churchill’s Profession by Peter Clarke is receiving some decent reviews, including from the Financial Times.

Churchill wrote a two-volume biography of his father, Lord Randolph Churchill, and four volumes about the first Duke of Marlborough – another member of his illustrious family. His best known book is the four-volumes set of A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, which regularly crops up in AbeBooks’ monthly lists of expensive sales. He also penned five volumes about World War I and six more about World War II. And there was more besides.

Clarke – who seems to be a man of two homes (he lives in Suffolk and on Pender Island off the West Coast of Canada) – has a lot of writing to write about. Many people are unaware of the fact that Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953.

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