Hodder to publish Boris Johnson on Winston Churchill
04 Jun 2013
Hodder and Stoughton have commissioned Boris Johnson to write a book on the character, life, legacy and meaning today of Sir Winston Churchill, acquiring World volume rights through Johnson's agent, Natasha Fairweather at AP Watt at United Agents working in association with Gordon Wise at Curtis Brown, representing Churchill Heritage.
Hodder and Stoughton Non-fiction Publisher Rupert Lancaster comments:
'Boris Johnson on Winston Churchill feels like the perfect match of author and subject. He combines scholarship, passion and objectivity – and whatever he writes is supremely readable.'
Gordon Wise of Curtis Brown which represents Churchill Heritage, which coordinates the rights of the Churchill Family and works in association with the key Churchill archive-related institutions, adds:
'To discover that Boris had been thinking about exploring Churchill at the same time as we were thinking about approaching him to do so was a delight. We see it as one of the jewels in the programme of events to promote leadership and education in 2015, the year that will mark fifty years since Sir Winston Churchill’s death and the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.'
Boris Johnson says:
'I am interested in the memory of Churchill, and how it has been distorted. I want to shine a light on some aspects of Churchill’s character and to explain how Churchill made a difference to events or to society – and explore his meaning and his message today. He is the resounding human rebuttal to all Marxist historians who think history is the story of vast and impersonal economic forces. The point of the 'Churchill Factor' is that one man can make all the difference.'
Provisionally titled The Churchill Factor, Hodder and Stoughton will publish the hardback and ebook in the autumn of 2014.
For more information please contact:
Karen Geary, Publicity Director, Hodder and Stoughton: 0207 873 6141
Natasha Fairweather, United Agents: 0203 214 0979
Gordon Wise, Curtis Brown: 0207 393 4432