'The author has produced a splendid read for which he deserves the utmost credit. He tells Wilberforce's story with such enthusiasm and narrative skill that, in this bicentennial year, his book seems assured of bestsellerdom. I put it down liking Hague as much as I was moved by his tale, one of the most remarkable in British political history.' Sunday Times
'Gripping…absorbing…the definitive biography.' Daily Mail
'In William Hague, Wilberforce has found a sympathetic, judicious biographer…Hague has written the best modern study of this remarkable man.' Mail on Sunday
'Informed by a nuanced sense of what was and was not politically possible at that moment…lucid and convincing…gripping.' Daily Telegraph
‘William Hague has assumed from Roy Jenkins the mantle of Britain's foremost politician-biographer. This magnificent biography of William Wilberforce succeeds his good debut life of William Pitt…his achievement goes far beyond an attractive prose style and meticulously accurate historical re-recreation. The insights drawn from a wide parliamentary and political experience bring to life the genius of the great anti-slave trade campaigner in a wholly new and vivid way.’ Evening Standard
About the Author
William Hague is the best-selling author of William Pitt the Younger, published in 2004 to rapturous reviews. The book has sold just over 70,000 copies and was chosen as History Book of the Year in the British Book Awards. William Hague was born in Rotherham in 1961. At Oxford, he was President of both the Union and the University Conservative Association. He has been MP for Richmond, Yorkshire since 1989. He joined the Cabinet in 1995 as Secretary of State for Wales, and was leader of the Conservative Party from June 1997 to June 2001. He is now Shadow Foreign Secretary. William Wilberforce is his second book and will be published in June 2007.