- Paperback: 704 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (4 July 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0006498000
- ISBN-13: 978-0006498001
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.7 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 246,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Winston’s War Paperback – 4 Jul 2011
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‘Michael Dobbs’ latest novel is a vividly realised record of the events surrounding the great Briton’s remarkable rise. An intriguing tale of espionage and treason … a work to enthral. This novel never ceases to be compelling.’
Stephanie Cross, Daily Mail
‘Churchill is a brooding presence … as riveting as Francis Urquhart. Dobbs’ novel is astonishingly historically accurate. He certainly knows where all the skeletons are hidden and where every body is buried. He manages to give a vivid impression of the seamier side of politics in the year that immediately preceded the outbreak of war … compelling.’
Anthony Howard, The Times
‘Dobbs has done a brilliant job in evoking the drama and despair of Britain hovering on the edge of the abyss.’
‘Michael Dobbs weaves a fascinating tale of conspiracy, blackmail and treachery … This page-turning, meaty, densely textured wartime thriller unblinkingly dissects the wealthy oligarchy that nearly ruined Britain and throws a very new light on Burgess and his place in history.’
Myles McWeeney, Irish Independent
From the Publisher
The story of Churchills return to power and the part played by the man who would later be revealed as a Soviet spy provide the inspiration for a fascinating novel that sheds new light on one of the most remarkable periods of British history. As well as being one of the countrys most successful novelists, Michael Dobbs is an increasingly prominent media figure. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
I would recommend to anyone who has a passing interest in the subject matter
When this novel is turned into a mini-series, as it surely must be, it will be the 21st century's equivalent of the Forsyte Saga in the 1960's.
The anachronistic dialogue irritates (did high civil servants in the 1930's really use the f-word continuously?), but the explanation of the Churchill succession to the Premiership is certainly ingenious. The minor characters seem rather to lose their way, and to be tidied up at the end almost as after-thoughts. Dobbs might have skipped some of them and given us a bit more insight into the minds of Joe Kennedy and Beaverbrook, who are presnted as one-dimensional ogres. Cleverly, JFK appears in a non-speaking part.
Guy Burgess emerges as more interesting than I had expected, but Dobbs has actually attributed some of the stories surrounding Tom Driburg (also a cameo appearance) to Burgess himself - a bit lazy, really.
It's a bit like "Jesus of Nazareth" in a way, because we all know how the story ends before we finish the first page. So full marks to Dobbs for keeping us engaged to the end.
But please don't imagine that reading this book gives you any special insight into Appeasement, Norway and the Fall of Chamberlain - it's good fiction for the beach, quite well researched, but modern history it ain't.
The book is the first of a series, that takes it under itself to speculate as to Churchill's inner world, conflicts and conversations, while portraying very accurate historical set of events, through parallel plot lines of "common" people and their part in the daily events.
Thus we learn about Mac the barber (who hears all the Whitehall gossip as a fly on the wall) and his affair with the Westminster prostitute Carol, we also hear of army Sergeant Jerry White who partakes in the so called "phony" war the early years of WW2 with the British doomed campaign in the Scandinavians, and his relationship with postmistress Sue, who will play a prominent role later with Churchill's rise to power.
We also get a glimpse of the household of Joe Kennedy, american ambassador and great appeaser, his niece's fictional affair with Churchill's most loyal guy Bracken, and even get a glimpse to the inner court of George VI.
The major story line is of course Churchill and his rise from political exile to greatness, through the unlikely help of one Guy Burgess, the MI5 agent and newsmen, to be known later as a notorious spy to the soviet union.
The story is written very well, and without spoiling too much of the action, i was very much taken by the political conversation, even more than by the fiction story-line of the "common" people.. at first i thought the connection of Burgess/Churchill was too much, but it grows on you, and you actually learn to like Burgess and even relate to his motives, which in retrospective, I still don't understand why Dobbs had done this ... maybe just to spice things a bit.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good condition and look forward to reading it. If its as good as Never Surrender by Michael Dobbs will really enjoy itPublished 5 months ago by Chris
A well researched novel with lots of historical detail and a great central character.Sometimes the detail from contemporary accounts sometimes outweighed the drama.Published 14 months ago by Chalk the Sun
A terrific read. A history lesson, a taste of 1930s politicking, and a cracking narrative.Published 21 months ago by Richard Ashton
Excellent, not read any of Michael Dodds books before. Great readPublished 22 months ago by kareen mason