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Churchill's Bodyguard - The Authorised Biography of Walter H. Thompson [Paperback]

Tom Hickman
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5 Jun 2006

Walter H. Thompson was Churchill's bodyguard from 1921 until 1945, brought back from retirement at the outbreak of war.

Tom Hickman's authorised biography draws heavily on extracts from a manuscript recently discovered by his great-niece, in which Thompson gives a unique insider's account of a number of occasions on which Churchill's life was put seriously at risk and his intervention was needed.

After the war, Thompson married one of Churchill's secretaries, and her recollections, as well as those of surviving family members, are interwoven to tell the revelatory inside story of life beside the Greatest Briton.


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (5 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755314492
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755314492
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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well-written and engaging... a worthy edition to the Churchillian canon (BBC History magazine)

'fresh anecdotes abound in these fascinating pages' (Glasgow Evening Times)

'a groundbreaking new book' (Yorkshire Post)

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The official biography of Churchill's closest bodyguard during the Second World War, based on his complete memoir

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Find out what Winston was really like .... 13 April 2006
Format:Hardcover
I found this a genuinely interesting book. It had a little bit of everything but, ultimately, Thompson's diaries are able to give a fascinating insight into the way Churchill worked and thought during the war years. I have even more respect for him now. There are nice touches too - the two men clearly had a good working realtionship and Churchill's impish humour comes through well in certain incidents. I also admire the dedication with which Thompson undertook his very important task - guarding, at the time, the most important man in the world. Tom Hickman does a great job of editing the diaries and adding historical fact to the book. A great read and I'd certainly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new angle on famous man. 18 Mar 2011
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed this book from start to finish. A no holds barred account of both mens' lives and those around them without any nastiness even though it is taken from Thompson's diaries. Believe it or not Churchill could be quite funny and also compassionate including tears, which belies his stern image. I would recommended this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read 8 Feb 2007
Format:Paperback
This goes a long way to showing the bond and mutual respect that can be found between the VIP and his bodyguard. A great read with some great insights to the times
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the television programme 11 April 2010
By Mr. P. Shoreland VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This book was bought after watching the television series on BBC2,Dennis Watermans narrative did not put me off,the book gives an insight to two very interesting characters.Well written with all the ingredients of a good thriller but it is real life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very interesting read 19 April 2010
Format:Paperback
Fascinating description of the life of a bodyguard to the Prime Minister Winston Churchil, introducting an another perspective and the reality of this position.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative 31 Jan 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this as a present for my partner who is very interested in this genre. As I didn't read it myself I can't really give it a fair comment but he said that it was good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 13 Jan 2014
By Zsu
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It is great to have a glimpse into the life of one of the greatest men's life from first hand experience but not by himself. Tom Hickman did a great job, I really enjoyed everything he wrote however limited it might have been, it gave an excellent description of Churchill and his life and their relationship. I wish he were alive and could continue writing! Would feel myself like a kid, listening to great and real stories.
Thanks for flying me back to the age of these heroes.
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