Biographies of British Prime Ministers?

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Biographies of British Prime Ministers?

1jztemple
Editado: Jul 3, 2013, 6:31 pm

I've been (inadvertently) starting a collection of biographies of 18th and 19th century British Prime Ministers and I've decided to make it an official search. So far I have bios for the following:

Lord North
Wellington
Palmerston
Disraeli
Gladstone

Can anyone recommend other? Preferable more recently released so as to be available at reasonable coast. Thanks for any help!

2Foxhunter
Editado: Jul 15, 2013, 4:43 am

As you don't appear to be overwhelmed with suggestions, here's mine - just to keep the ball rolling.

Edward Pearce - The Great Man,Sir Robert Walpole: Scoundrel, Genius and Britain's First Prime Minister. Pimlico, 2008,pbk. isbn 9781844134052.

P.S. and how could I have forgotten William Pitt, the younger, by our own beloved Foreign Secretary, William Hague ?

I suppose Asquith, by Roy Jenkins is a bit out of your period?

3jztemple
Jul 15, 2013, 10:40 am

Thanks for your suggestions, I'll give them a look!

4Foxhunter
Jul 15, 2013, 1:25 pm

Oddly enough I was looking in a remainder shop this afternoon and saw another by Edward Pearce - The elder Pitt, Man of War.

In the words of '1066 and all that', quite a wave of Pitts

5bkmbooks
Editado: Jul 15, 2013, 4:13 pm

I thought this was a decent overview/survey: Nineteenth Century British Premiers by Dick Leonard.
Also: Melbourne by Lord David Cecil

And I've also seen Andrew Roberts' Salisbury: Victorian Titan highly recommended, but haven't yet found a reasonably affordable copy in the US.

When/if you're ready to take a break, something entertaining (from a slightly later period): The Autobiography of Margot Asquith.

6jztemple
Jul 15, 2013, 4:45 pm

In the same vein, and would be of interest to this group, right now I'm reading Perilous Question which is excellent.

7bkmbooks
Jul 15, 2013, 5:38 pm

jztemple,
I *just* picked that up at the library a couple of hours ago - glad to hear it's good.

8Blythewood
Maio 12, 2022, 6:24 pm

You should add Norman Gash's biography of Lord Liverpool. I read this many years ago in college. It is a solid review of his career, but you may, over time, want something more detailed. Gash also wrote a biography of Peel, but I have not read this.

9jztemple
Maio 12, 2022, 6:42 pm

>8 Blythewood: Thanks, I actually have that bio, but I'm keeping an eye out for his other books.

10Blythewood
Maio 13, 2022, 12:22 pm

Peter Stansky also did a short biography of Gladstone.

Dominick