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Churchill's Bodyguard

Tom Hickman

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Prose: non-fiction, British & Irish history

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.

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Praise for Churchill's Bodyguard

  • 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

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Tom Hickman

Tom Hickman, 23585207, began his National Service in 1958, finishing as a second lieutenant with the King's Africa Rifles in Kenya. He went on to become the features editor of the TV Times for ten years, the author of several books and is now a freelance writer.

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