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The official tie-in to major new motion picture DARKEST HOUR - starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill.

From the prize-winning screenwriter of The Theory of Everything, this is a cinematic, behind-the-scenes account of a crucial moment which takes us inside the mind of one of the world's greatest leaders - and provides a revisionist, more rounded portrait of his leadership.

May, 1940. Britain is at war, European democracies are falling rapidly and the public are unaware of this dangerous new world. Just days after his unlikely succession to Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, faces this horror - and a sceptical King and a party plotting against him. He wonders how he can capture the public mood and does so, magnificently, before leading the country to victory.

It is this fascinating period that Anthony McCarten captures in this deeply researched, gripping day-by-day (and often hour-by-hour) narrative. In doing so he revises the familiar view of Churchill - he made himself into the iconic figure we remember and changed the course of history, but through those turbulent and dangerous weeks he was plagued by doubt, and even explored a peace treaty with Nazi Germany. It's a scarier, and more human story, than has ever been told.

Reviews

This is history written with the verve of a novel. Compelling and provocative

Piers Brendon, former Director, The Churchill Archives

Pacy, refreshing, intimate and clear-eyed

Sonia Purnell, author of Clementine

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780241340936

    January 2, 2018

    Viking

    336 pages

    RRP $28.00

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  • Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought Us Back From the Brink
    Anthony McCarten

    EBook

    9780241327111

    September 28, 2017

    Penguin eBooks

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Book Clubs
SHORT STORY CLUB – 28 JUNE 2018

Read the story being discussed on Jesse Mulligan’s show on Radio New Zealand on 28 June 2018

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