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An evening with… Nick Thomas-Symonds

29 September 2023 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

$10.00 – $18.00

Join us for an evening with Nick Thomas-Symonds discussing his new biography of Harold Wilson: The Winner.

The event will take place in the Loft at Book-ish, Crickhowell, on Friday 29th September at 7.30 pm.

Tickets are £10 for admission only, or £18 with a copy of the book.


Harold Wilson is the only post-war leader of any party to serve as Britain’s Prime Minister on two separate occasions. In total he won four General Elections, spending nearly eight years in Downing Street. Half a century later, he is still unbeaten, Labour’s greatest ever election winner. How did he do it – and at what cost?

Critics then and now have painted him as an opportunistic political calculator, even as a Soviet secret agent. In this powerful new portrait, drawing on previously unavailable sources and first-hand parliamentary insight, acclaimed biographer Nick Thomas-Symonds reveals a more complex figure. Wilson was a new kind of politician but, in his own way, this media-savvy harbinger of modernity was also a deeply traditional man, whose actions often suggest nothing less than a spiritual mission.

In an intriguing paradox, Wilson, influenced by the distinctively democratic faith of his Yorkshire boyhood, united a fractured Labour Party, ushering in the cultural and social changes of the ‘swinging sixties’. His was the government to decriminalise homosexuality, legalise abortion and abolish capital punishment. With a brilliant mind, sure-footed political moves and a feel for public opinion, he was a survivor who over and over again emerged from desperate crises – even, perhaps, conspiracies – to lead his party to victory.

It is time at last to learn his secrets.

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Date:
29 September 2023
Time:
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Cost:
$10.00 – $18.00
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Bookish
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Venue

Book-ish
18 High street, Crickhowell, NP8 1BD
Crickhowell, NP8 1BD GB
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