Winston's War

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Winston's War
First edition cover to "Winston's War" by Michael Dobbs
First edition HarperCollins cover art
Author Michael Dobbs[1]
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series Churchill
Genre Historical novel
Publisher HarperCollins
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)[2]
Pages 487 pp
ISBN ISBN 0-00-713018-X[3]
OCLC 48885056
823/.914 22
LC Class PR6054.O23 W56 2002
Followed by Never Surrender[4]

Winston's War is a 2003 novel by Michael Dobbs that presents a fictional account of the struggle of Winston Churchill to combat the appeasement policies of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain.[5] [6] [7]

Plot summary[edit]

The story starts with Chamberlain’s 1938 triumphant return to 10 Downing Street, a public hero after the signing of the Munich Agreement with Adolf Hitler, declaring "peace in our time." The story ends with the fall of the Chamberlain Government, and the appointment of Churchill as Prime Minister.[8]

Churchill, relegated to the periphery of British politics by the late Thirties, lashes out against appeasement despite having almost no support from fellow parliamentarians or the British press. The novel includes many of the momentous historical personages of the day: Chamberlain, the ailing and pacifist Prime Minister; Churchill, the political outcast, whose pugnacity created opprobrium in the public eye; Joseph Kennedy, the U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James's; Guy Burgess, an alcoholic BBC journalist of later Cold War infamy; the machiavellian newspaper mogul, Max Aitken, (Lord Beaverbrook), and the stuttering and insecure King George VI, who personally detests Churchill and tries to persuade his good friend, Lord Halifax, to take the reins of leadership.

Winston's War is the first in a series of novels by Dobbs about Churchill's wartime leadership. The sequel Never Surrender continues the storyline over the first few weeks of Churchill's premiership.[9] [10]


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  4. ^ "Churchill's Hour". Derby Evening Telegraph. June 24, 2005. 
  5. ^ Pearce, Robert (September 2004). "Winston's War". History Review (49): 33–35. 
  6. ^ Tebbit, Norman (November 20, 2009). "My Six Best Books". The Express. 
  7. ^ Robinson, David (November 19, 2005). "A Bulldog in Chains". The Scotsman. 
  8. ^ "Michael Dobbs: Churchill's Hour". The New Zealand Herald. February 8, 2005. 
  9. ^ "Paperbacks". Courier Mail. December 31, 2005. 
  10. ^ Hill, Alan (December 10, 2005). "Real Triumph was Triumph of the Spirit". Daily Telegraph (Sydney, Australia).