*** Selected as a 2017 Book of the Year in the Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Observer and The Economist ***
`A gripping story of Churchill's unlikely rise to power' Observer
London, May 1940. Britain is under threat of invasion and Neville Chamberlain's government is about to fall. It is hard for us to imagine the Second World War without Winston Churchill taking the helm, but in Six Minutes in May Nicholas Shakespeare shows how easily events could have gone in a different direction.
It took just six minutes for MPs to cast the votes that brought down Chamberlain. Shakespeare moves from Britain's disastrous battle in Norway, for which many blamed Churchill, on to the dramatic developments in Westminster that led to Churchill becoming Prime Minister. Uncovering fascinating new research and delving into the key players' backgrounds, Shakespeare gives us a new perspective on this critical moment in our history.
`Totally captivating. It will stand as the best account of those extraordinary few days for very many years'
`Superbly written... Shakespeare has a novelist's flair for depicting the characters and motives of men'
`Utterly wonderful... It reads like a thriller'
SHORTLISTED FOR THE HWA NON-FICTION CROWN 2018
Nicholas Shakespeare was born in 1957. The son of a diplomat, much of his youth was spent in the Far East and South America. His books have been translated into twenty languages. They include The Vision of Elena Silves (winner of the Somerset Maugham Award), Snowleg, The Dancer Upstairs, Secrets of the Sea, Inheritance and Priscilla. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He currently lives in Oxford.