Nigel Jones

Of Love & War

Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill

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Simon & Schuster 383pp £25 order from our bookshop

Churchill’s First War: Young Winston and the Fight Against the Taliban

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Macmillan 298pp £25 order from our bookshop

Is there any aspect of Winston Churchill’s life that has escaped examination? Somewhat surprisingly, both these books suggest that there is. Michael Shelden’s biography of young Winston, down to his first fall from grace as one of the principal planners of the Gallipoli debacle in 1915, gives us Churchill the lover, while Con Coughlin focuses on his service as a junior cavalry officer in Afghanistan, fighting over the same ground where British soldiers are once again fighting and dying today.

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