Dr Piers Brendon is the author of sixteen books, among them The Dark Valley: A Panorama of the 1930s and The Decline and Fall of the British Empire, as well as Winston Churchill: A Brief Life and Churchill’s Bestiary: His Life Through Animals. He has contributed widely to the national press and done much work for television, on both sides of the camera. Formerly Keeper of the Churchill Archives Centre, repository of the papers of Sir Winston Churchill, he is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Just as Napoleon spawned his legend, so Winston Churchill has increasingly become the subject of myth. Misrepresentations have especially accumulated in the age of social media, when accurate reports are denounced as fake news, demonstrable lies masquerade as alternative facts and spurious assertions attain virtual reality. Recently, moreover, Churchill's reputation has come under attack from various directions. In this talk Piers Brendon will expose some of the apocrypha that have grown up around Churchill (a few of his own making) and will attempt to set the record straight.