D.R. Thorpe was born in 1943 and educated at Fettes and Selwyn College, Cambridge. His work on the constitutional history and politics of the twentieth century has made him one of Britain's most respected historians. His most recent book, Supermac, completes a triptych of biographies of twentieth-century Prime Ministers, his previous subjects being Alec Douglas-Home and Anthony Eden. He has also written about Selwyn Lloyd, Austen Chamberlain, Lord Curzon and Lord Butler. Thorpe is a senior member of Brasenose College, Oxford, and has been a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, and of St Antony's College, Oxford.