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Neville Chamberlain  -  A Biography
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Neville Chamberlain - A Biography

By Self, Robert

Aldershot, Hampshire: Ashgate, 2006. An As New unmarked copy with an As New dustjacket.xi + 573 pages. 21 plates. History has not looked kindly upon Neville Chamberlain. Despite a long and distinguished political career, his trip to Munich in 1938 and the 'appeasement' of Hitler have foreever overshadowed his many other achievements and blighted his reputation, his name synonymous with the futility of trying to reason with dictators and bullies. Yet, as this biography shows, there is more to this complex and intriguing character than is generally supposed, and even the infamous events of 1938 are open to more charitable interpretations than is usually the case. Appeasement brought the British government crucial time in which to rearm, and in particular allowed the RAF to drastically increase the number of fighter aircraft. PLEASE NOTE: A HEAVY BOOK OF 1.1 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 304. First. Hard Cover. As New/As New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$24.15

Six Minutes in May  -  How Churchill Unexpectedly Became Prime Minister
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Six Minutes in May - How Churchill Unexpectedly Became Prime Minister

By Shakespeare, Nicholas

London: Harvill Secker, 2017. An As New unmarked copy with an As New dustjacket which is not price clipped. viii + 508 pages. 35 illustrations. Norway campaign map. Endpapers Neville Chamberlain speaking in the Norway debate, 7 Mayj 1940. London, early May 1940: Britain is under threat of invasion 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 the helm, but in this book the author shows how easily events could have gone in a diferent direction. Britain's 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. PLEASE NOTE: A HEAVY BOOK OF 0.97 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 304. Hard Cover. As New/As New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$13.18

A Sparrow's Flight  -  The Memoirs of Lord Hailsham of St. Marylebone
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A Sparrow's Flight - The Memoirs of Lord Hailsham of St. Marylebone

By Hailsham, Lord of St. Marylebone

London: Collins, 1990. A near Fine unmarked copy (Fine apart from a small mark to front and a crease to spine) with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. 463 pages. 34 illustrations. Lord Hailsham was one of the most widely respected figures in British politics and was the longest serving Lord Chancellors of the century, an office he held with immense distinction. The memoirs reflect on the nature of that office and what he achieved during his tenure of it. PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A HEAVY VOLUME OF 1.02 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 14. First. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$8.78

The Path to Power
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The Path to Power

By Thatcher, Margaret

London: Harper Collins, 1995. A Fine unmarked copy with VG+ dustjacket which is not price clipped. xiv + 656 pages. 95 illustrations. In her 'The Downing Street Years' Margaret Thatcher gave her own account of her prime ministership from 1979 to 1990. Now in this book she writes for the first time about her personal life, about the training and experiences which led to the 1979 election victory. PLEASE NOTE: A HEAVY VOLUME OF 1.325 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 152. First. Hard Cover. Fine/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$10.98

The Time of My Life
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The Time of My Life

By Healey, Denis

London: Michael Joseph, 1989. A Fine unmarked copy with Very Good+ dustjacket which is not price clipped. xiv + 607 pages. 52 illustrations. The memoirs of a leading politician and also the autobiography of a splendid Englishman who is liked and admired across the political spectrum. Healey has witnessed the great changes that have taken place in Britain since the war, and often taken a decisive hand in them. From Attlee and Bevan through to Mrs. Thatcher it has not only been the political landscape that has been transformed as town and country bore witness to the great social, technological, and demographic revolutions. His wide-ranging intelligence brilliantly counterpoints the pace and change and ranges further, into literature, art, music, and his speciality, photography. NOTE - A HEAVY VOLUME OF 1.125 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 4. First. Hard Cover. Fine/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$10.98

Macmillan - 1894-1956 - Volume I of the Official Biography / Macmillan 1957-1986 - Volume II of the Official Biography
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Macmillan - 1894-1956 - Volume I of the Official Biography / Macmillan 1957-1986 - Volume II of the Official Biography

By Horne, Alistair

London: Macmillan, 1989. COMPLETE TWO VOLUME SET. Volume I 1894-1956 - ISBN 0333276914 - A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket. xix + 537 pages. 51 illustrations. Volume II - 1957-1986 - ISBN 0333496213 - A near Fine unmarked copy (Fine apart from a small indentation to rear) with near Fine dustjacket. xvii + 741 pages. 60 illustrations. The crofter's grandson and the duke's son-in-law, the soldier and the scholar, the publisher and the MP, the bon viveur and the devout high churchman, Harold Macmillan is perhaps the most complex and fascinating political figure of the 20th century. The distinguished historian Alistair Horne had the unique advantage of extensive interviews with Macmillan himself, together with exclusive access to his copious and unpublished diaries, letters and private papers, revealing the real Macmillan behind the showman. Remembered today as 'Supermac', Britain's most urbane and unflappable statesman, responsible for the Tory revival after the Second World War, and the one Minister with the courage to force Churchill to resign. A seminal work of biography and also a notable contribution to the history of our time. PLEASE NOTE - A HEAVY SET OF 2.5 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH WILL REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 201. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$32.94

The Pain and the Privilege  -  The Women in Lloyd George's Life
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The Pain and the Privilege - The Women in Lloyd George's Life

By Hague, Ffion

London: Harper Press, 2008. An As New copy with As New dustjacket which is not price clipped. xviii + 590 pages. 53 illustrations. First edition, First printing. David Lloyd George, the 'Welsh wizard' who became prime minister in 1916 and was subsequently hailed as the 'man who won the war', challenged, charmed and mystified the English establishment all his political life. He lived by his wits in both his public and private lives, attracting and fascinating women and loving them in return. For 30 years it was an open secret that, in all but the legal sense, he had two wives, and in this impressively researched and sympathetic account, based on thousands of original documents and letters, Ffion Hague explores the lives of the women who loved Lloyd George. **** A HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.985 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST **** 116. First Edition. Hard Cover. As New/As New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$13.18

Chance Witness  -  An Outsider's Life in Politics
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Chance Witness - An Outsider's Life in Politics

By Parris, Matthew

London: Viking, 2002. A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. xix + 503 pages. 40 illustrations. Shortly after university and a spell at the Foreign Office and having decided not to become a spy, Matthew Parris applied to London Transport for an apprenticeship as a diesel fitter and was turned down. He decided to try his luck as a Conservative Party candidate - buoyed by an award from the RSPCA - presented by an incredulous Mrs. Thatcher - for rescuing a drowning dog from the River Thames, Parris beat Peter Lilley and Michael Howard to stand for the West Derbyshire constituency, and spent seven years in the House of Commons. His book is a surprising and eccentric story, sometimes funny and always entertaining, of a life lived in and around politics, by a writer once described by Alan Clark as the political commentator with 'the clearest pen and the most fastidious sense of quality'. Later they fell out, Parris accusing Clark of falling asleep in the Commons chamber and Clark calling Parris 'an absolute shit'. He of course provides insight into many politicians. **** NOT EX LIB **** **** A HEAVY VOLUME OF 1.00 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST **** B2B. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$8.78

Memoirs
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Memoirs

By Hurd, Douglas

London: Little Brown, 2003. A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket. x + 534 pages. 61 illustrations. Few figures in modern British politics can match the extraordinary career of Douglas Hurd. A mainstay of the Conservative administration of the 1980's and 1990's, he was a Cabinet member for eleven years, and admired and respected on both sides of the Commons. His is a reputation that stretches far beyond Westminster and across the international stage. In these illuminating memoirs he looks back over his life, describing his rural upbringing in Wiltshire; his schooling at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge; his early career in the diplomatic service, with postings in Peking, New York and Rome; and his tenure as Edward Heath's political secretary at 10 Downing Street in the early 1970's., before he became an MP in 1974. With the Conservative victory in 1979, Hurd entered government as a junior minister, and here charts his steady rise through the ranks to Foreign Secretary. **** NOT EX LIB **** **** A HEAVY VOLUME OF 1.02 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST **** B2B. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$10.98

Lantern Slides  -  The Diaries and Letters of Violet Bonham Carter 1904-1914
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Lantern Slides - The Diaries and Letters of Violet Bonham Carter 1904-1914

By Carter, Mark Bonham and Pottle, Mark (edited by)

London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1996. A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. xxviii + 461 pages. 18 illustrations. 2 family trees. Introduction by Roy Jenkins. Helen Violet Bonham Carter, Baroness Asquith of Yarnbury (1887-1969), was a British politician and the daughter of Liberal Prime Minister H. H. Asquith by his first wife, Helen Kesall Asquith. Through these remarkable diaries and letters, published for the first time, the decade befor the First World War, is seen from a unique ringside seat, social as well as political. The volume opens with the first entry in her diary, begun in Paris when she was 17, and she writes of being presentd at Court, of grand dances, of political intrigue, of tragedy - the death of one of her closest friends, Archie Gordon, son of the Earl of Aberdeen in a motoring accident. Here are the young Winston Churchill and his bride Clementine Hozier, the rising Liberal star Lloyd George, the Conservative leader Arthur Balfour, the brilliant barrister and MP F.E. Smith, the soldier Lord Kitchener in his prime, the Foreign Secretary Edward Grey, the writers Maurice Baring, Hilaire Belloc, Mrs. Humphrey Ward and, not least, Rupert Brooke, with whom Violet corresponds. **** NOT EX LIB **** **** A HEAVY VOLUME OF 1.0 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST **** A1C. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$10.98

A Yorkshire Boyhood
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A Yorkshire Boyhood

By Hattersley, Roy

London: Chatto & Windus / Hogarth Press, 1983. Gold title on red boards which are very clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally there is a small name to front endpaper and a little light foxing to top edge and endpapers else very clean, tight and unmarked. Dustjacket has some light foxing to inner flaps and is price clipped. 15 illustrations. 'It was not until he was dead and I was 40 that I realised my father was once in Holy Orders', Roy Hattersley tells us in the opening pages of his childhood memoirs; so setting the tone for an elegant, continually surprising essay of unusual wit, eloquence and candour. **** NOT EX LIB **** 15. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$7.69

The Two Cities
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The Two Cities

By St. John-Stevas, Norman

London: Faber & Faber, 1984. A Fine unmarked copy with VG+ dustjacket which is not price clipped. Norman St. John-Stevas holds a unique position in British life not only as a leading Christian spokesman but also as a senior Conservative politician. In this book he explores with characteristic wit and brilliance the two main themes of his life: his concern with religion and morals and his fascination with the House of Commons and the politics of Westminster. He assesses post-war British politics, and as a former Arts Minister the problems facing the arts, sets out his views on controversial issues such as euthanasia, censorship, religious education and the permissive society. He records his thoughts on the place of the Christian in secular society, the role of churchman in politics, examines the basis of the Christian faith, the nature of prayer and the relationship between religion and contemporary society. He reflects on the great feasts of the Church, on Christian humanism, on hope and the ecummenical movement. R3. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$7.69

Shaftesbury
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Shaftesbury

By Best, G.F.A.

London: B. T. Batsford, 1964. A Very Good+ clean, tight and unmarked copy with dustjacket which is not price clipped. 21 illustrations. Shaftesbury's long career was largely devoted to relieving the condition of the destitute of Victorian England, yet just as his many other achievements have been overshadowed by his work on behalf of the poor and oppressed, so the complexity of his motives and personality has been hidden by the popular legend of a simple, genial, pious and soft-hearted philanthropist. Dr. Best shows the many achievements of Shaftesbury and is particularly succesful in revealing the true man. *** NOT EX LIB **** 205. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$7.69

August and Rab  -  A Memoir
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August and Rab - A Memoir

By Butler, Mollie

London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1987. A VG+ unmarked copy with VG+ dustjacket which is not price clipped. A captivating memoir which describes an unusually full and adventurous life, shared for the most part with two famous men; the Arctic explorer August Courtauld and the stateman R.A. (Rab) Butler. Mollie Montgomerie became engaged in 1930 to her childhood friend August Courtauld, their honeymoon was spent camel trekking in the remote Sudan, and she was one of the first women to visit eastern Greenland and raised six children. Following the death of her first husband she married Rab Butler, whose late first wife was Sydney Courtauld. 30 illustrations. **** NOT EX LIB **** C3D. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$7.69

Madam Speaker  -  The Life of Betty Boothroyd
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Madam Speaker - The Life of Betty Boothroyd

By Routledge, Paul

London: Harper Collins, 1995. A near Fine unmarked copy with price clipped dustjacket. The extraordinary and inspiring life of the first woman Speaker of the House of Commons, from humble beginnings as the only child of an impoverished textile working couple in the Pennine town of Dewsbury, an adventurous career as a dancer and a 'Tiller' girl, secretary to Barbara Castle and her progression through politics in the Labour party. 26 photographs. B2D. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$7.69

The True History of Lord Beaverbrook
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The True History of Lord Beaverbrook

By Wood, Alan

London: Heinemann, 1965. Gold title on black boards which are clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally foxing to closed eedge else a clean, tight and unmarked copy. Dustjacket has a little wear to top and is price clipped. A masterful and very readable biography of the politician and newspaper magnate with 17 illustrations. With a postscript by Sir John Elliot. Because the author died in 1957, his book has been brought up to date by Sir John Elliot, who next to Lord Beaverbrook's family and Sir Winston Churchill, is probably the person who had known Lord Beaverbrook for a longer period than anyone else. 311. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$7.69

The Picture Life of Edward Heath
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The Picture Life of Edward Heath

By Sproat, Iain

London: Franklin Watts, 1971. A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine complete dustjacket. A mainly photographic biography by the Member of Parliament for Aberdeen which captures the extraordinary achievements of Heath's life up to his rise to position of Conservative Party Leader and then Prime Minister. 13. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$6.59

On A Clear Day
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On A Clear Day

By Blunkett, David

London: Michael O'Mara Books, 1995. First Edition, First Printing. A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket. More than a political biography it is the blind politician's story of overcoming disability in which he talks about the good times and the bad. An inspiring and often hilarious account of beating the system by a man and a dog. *** NOT EX LIB *** 202. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$6.86

George Thomas, Mr Speaker  -  The Memoirs of Viscount Tonypandy
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George Thomas, Mr Speaker - The Memoirs of Viscount Tonypandy

By Thomas, George

London: Guild Publishing, 1985. A near Fine uninscribed copy with near Fine price clipped dustjacket. Thomas, a coalminer's son from Tonypandy in Wales, was elected Speaker of the House of Commons in 1976, the year Harold Wilson resigned as Prime Minister and Jeremy Thorpe resigned as Liberal leader. His moving memoirs provide great insight into the political world of Britain as well as his life and political career. 63 photographs. *** NOT EX LIB *** 203. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$6.86

Back-Bencher
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Back-Bencher

By Mikardo, Ian

London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1988. A Fine unmarked copy which has age fading to page edges with Fine dustjacket. Joining Parliament as M.P. for Reading in 1945, Ian Mikardo has had a long career as a back bencher and here he paints vivid pictures of Barbara Castle, Michael Foot and Richard Crossman and chronicles his struggle to keep successive Labour Prime Ministers true to their socialist ideals. 16 pages of photographs. 204. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$6.59

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