Described by Antony Beevor as ‘an astonishingly accomplished debut’, Tim Bouverie‘s narrative history of appeasement considers the power brokers in Britain between the advent of Hitler in 1933 and the beaches of Dunkirk. He takes us though the backrooms of 10 Downing Street and Parliament, where a small group of rebellious MPs, including the indomitable Winston Churchill, were among the few to realise that the only choice was between ‘war now or war later’. Drawing on deep archival research, including previously unseen sources, this is an unforgettable portrait of the ministers, aristocrats and amateur diplomats who, through their actions and inaction, shaped their country’s policy and determined the fate of Europe.
We are delighted to welcome back Professor David Reynolds, to lead the questions. His latest book (with Vladimir Pechatnov,) The Kremlin Letters, was widely praised on publication last year.