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This month’s best historical books

BOOK OF THE MONTH

Hero of the Empire: The Making of Winston Churchill

Allen Lane, £20, 400 pages, hardback

We all know the stereotypical image of Winston Churchill as prime minister – cigar in mouth, hat on head, fingers perhaps raised in a V. Yet what of the young Churchill? How did his experiences inform the career and personality of the older man? at’s the question behind this compelling new biography, which explores the 20-something Winston as he sought fame and glory in the perilous landscape of South Africa. Imprisonment, escape and a triumphant return all awaited him – as well as encounters with some of the most famous figures of the time, including Rudyard Kipling and Mahatma Gandhi.

“It explores the twentysomething Winston as he sought fame and glory in South Africa”

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