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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.

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Also by Anthony McCarten

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Man's Search For Meaning
Six Minutes in May
The Choice
The Unwomanly Face Of War
The House by the Lake
The Crime and the Silence
Shame and the Captives
The Monuments Men
The War in the West: A New History
The German War
Black Earth
An Englishman at War: The Wartime Diaries of Stanley Christopherson DSO MC & Bar 1939-1945
The Last Gentleman of the SAS
Last of the Few
World War Two: Behind Closed Doors
After Daybreak