‘A riveting narrative examination of the dynamic between a man, his mistress, his wife and his daughter. Played out behind the doors of Downing Street, it throws light on the depth of ambition of one of the 20th century's great political machinators…a fascinating story.’ The Times
‘Well–researched and thoughtfully written…she tells the story ably and entertainingly.’ Evening Standard
‘Rather than producing an embellished list of the miserable women who knew Lloyd George, Hague has given us a biography of Lloyd George himself in which a great deal of thought has gone into the business of what it was like to be him and what it was like to have him.’ Daily Telegraph
‘An engaging portrait…an absorbing read.’ Guardian
‘Well-researched and thoughtfully written.’ Scotsman
‘Hague has much to bring to the task of recovering their stories including her knowledge of the Welsh language and culture, an accessible style, and a sympathetic appreciation of "the pain and the privilege" of being married to a prominent politician…compelling.’ Literary Review
‘This well written and intelligent book…tells an involving, multifarious and often poignant tale. It describes to the tee in the process a particular type of man - egomaniacal, brilliant, sexually unscrupulous and crazily risk-taking - frequently found in politics.’ Sam Leith, Spectator
‘Lloyd George's sexual energy was one aspect of his all-purpose dynamism…Ffion Hague's gracefully written and well organised book shows the public face of power as well as the libido burrowing its way through the petticoats.’
About the Author
Ffion Hague was born in Cardiff. A native Welsh- speaker, she studied English Literature at Oxford and then took an MPhil in Eighteenth Century Welsh poetry at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
After graduating a second time, Ffion joined the Civil Service and was posted to the Welsh Office. She held a number of policy positions before being appointed Private Secretary to the Secretary of State.
On leaving the Civil Service, she became Director of Operations at the business-facing charity, Arts & Business. In 2000, she became a headhunter and since 2003, has been a director of Hanson & Green. Ffion was a trustee of The British Council and also a judge of the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2000. She is married to William Hague and lives in Yorkshire.