Like the Roman: A Life of Enoch Powell

9780002557825: Like the Roman: A Life of Enoch Powell

The definitive, controversial, authroised biography of 1 of the defining political figures of postwar Britain. There have been many biographies of Enoch Powell - this will be the 7th or the 8th. They testify at least to the fascination we have for him, but none will be a patch on Simon Heffer's, the only 1 written with full access to all his personal and public papers, by 1 of Britain's leading conservative commentators and, with his acclaimed book on Carlyle published by Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1 of it's most promising biographers. The book will cover all aspects of Powell's life : his Midlands childhood, his teaching by A.E.Housman, his appointment at the age of 25 as professor of Greek at the University of Adelaide, his writing of poetry, his love for an aristocratic Irish woman, his resignation from Macmillans cabinet, the Rivers of Blood speech, and his spiritual Godfathering of Margaret Thatcher. It will also, effectively, be a history of postwar British politics from Powell's perspective, and should be 1 of the highlights of the Autumn 1998 season.

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There were few more controversial British politicians of the twentieth-century than Enoch Powell. There were few more brilliant, and yet, whilst being an MP for thirty-seven years, his ministerial career lasted a mere fifteen months. His influence however was enormous not least as a harbinger of Thatcherism. There was much more to him though: he was a Professor of Greek at the age of twenty-five: a brigadier at the age of thirty-two: he was also a poet, biblical scholar and devoted family man. The word 'definitive' is hackneyed but in describing this biography it can be used legitimately. Not only was Simon Heffer able to interview Enoch Powell he was also given access to Powell's massive private archive. 'In future, anyone who want to study Enoch Powell will start here' - Bruce Anderson, "Spectator". First published in 1998, this biography has been out of print for a number of years. Demand for it however remains constant and Faber Finds is happy to meet that demand.

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Simon Heffer (born 1960) has been since 2005 an Associate Editor and columnist of the Daily Telegraph. In his extensive career as a journalist he has also been the Deputy Editor and Political Correspondent for The Spectator, the Deputy Editor of the Daily Telegraph (1994-1995) and columnist with the Daily Mail. He is also the author of six books, including his biographies of Enoch Powell (Like the Roman) and Vaughan Williams, both being reissued in Faber Finds.

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