Lloyd George: The Young Lloyd George

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‘Among the few truly great political biographies of this century’ Sunday Telegraph – the first volume in John Grigg’s highly acclaimed biography of Lloyd George.

The Young Lloyd George covers Lloyd George’s life from his birth in 1863 to the end of the Boer War in 1902 . It is a period of great intrinsic interest and highly relevant to Lloyd George’s future career, but comparatively little was known about it before this book appeared.

Based largely on a magnificent collection of letters written by Lloyd George to his wife and others when he was a young MP, this book throws much light not only on his political activities but also on his private life and character.

John Grigg re-examines many stock assumptions about the man who was one of the most dynamic and creative politicians of this century. It is a new interpretation of the man as an individual and as a major historic personality. It is indispensable reading.

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John Grigg’s much admired biography of Lloyd George is here available again in paperback. In this first volume, Grigg describes Lloyd George’s life from his birth in 1863, to the end of the Boer War in 1902. It is a period of great intrinsic interest and highly relevant to Lloyd George’s future career; but comparatively little was known before this book appeared. Grigg was able to use, for the first time, a magnificent collection of Lloyd George’s letters, mainly written to his wife when he was a young MP. These letters throw much light not only on his political activities, but also on his private life and character. Along with passages from his powerful and witty speeches, they convey a vivid impression of a man who was later to become one of the most dynamic figures on the world stage.

He re-examines many stock assumptions about Lloyd George, never losing sight of the man behind the politician, nor forgetting that politics were, after all, the dominating passion of his life. What emerges is, consequently, more than a study of the young Lloyd George; it is in many respects a new interpretation of the man, both as a private individual and as a major historic personality. 'The Young Lloyd George' is indispensable as well as highly entertaining reading for anyone interested in modern British history, or in the psychology of genius.

“I would not have believed that anyone could write a new volume of Lloyd George’s biography which would make everything previously written look narrow and stale. By the quality of his perception and writing he has given a new sharpness and interpretation.”
ROY JENKINS, 'Observer'

“The most brilliant biographer of our times, whose books on Lloyd George will be read as long as civilisation lasts.”
BRIAN WALDEN, 'Evening Standard'

“Difficult to overpraise … Mr Grigg has dug up a whole mass of information. A mixture of shrew human judgement and unblinkered insight.”
C.P. SNOW, 'Financial Times'

About the Author:

John Grigg was born in 1924. He won the Gladstone Memorial Prize for history at Oxford University and went on to become a journalist, both at home and abroad. He was a columnist for the Guardian for ten years, then a political correspondent for the Spectator and a staff writer for The Times. In 1978, he won the Whitbread Award for Lloyd George: The People’s Champion 1902-1911 and the Wolfson Prize for Lloyd George: From Peace to War 1912-1916. His other books include Nancy Astor: Portrait of a Pioneer and 1943: The Victory that Never Was. Until this year he was Chairman of the London Library. He is now its President. He is married with two sons and lives in London.

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