The official biography of Churchill's closest bodyguard during the Second World War, based on his complete memoir
Walter H. Thompson was Churchill's bodyguard from 1921 until 1945, brought back from retirement at the outbreak of war.
Tom Hickman's authorised biography draws heavily on extracts from a manuscript recently discovered by his great-niece, in which Thompson gives a unique insider's account of a number of occasions on which Churchill's life was put seriously at risk and his intervention was needed.
After the war, Thompson married one of Churchill's secretaries, and her recollections, as well as those of surviving family members, are interwoven to tell the revelatory inside story of life beside the Greatest Briton.
well-written and engaging... a worthy edition to the Churchillian canon - BBC History magazine
fresh anecdotes abound in these fascinating pages - Glasgow Evening Times
a groundbreaking new book - Yorkshire Post
Tom Hickman is a long-time journalist who has worked on several national newspapers and magazines as features writer, features editor or editor. He has also worked for the BBC and has authored several books, including CHURCHILL'S BODYGUARD, DEATH: A USER'S GUIDE and WHAT DID YOU DO IN THE WAR, AUNTIE?