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D.R. Thorpe was born in 1943 and educated at Fettes and Selwyn College, Cambridge. His work on the constitutional history and politics of the twentieth century has made him one of Britain's most respected historians. His most recent book, Supermac, completes a triptych of biographies of twentieth-century Prime Ministers, his previous subjects being Alec Douglas-Home and Anthony Eden. He has also written about Selwyn Lloyd, Austen Chamberlain, Lord Curzon and Lord Butler. Thorpe is a senior member of Brasenose College, Oxford, and has been a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, and of St Antony's College, Oxford.

Books by D R Thorpe


Supermac is a truly important publication, of significance to everyone interested in the history of the 20th century. Packed with new revelations about Macmillan’s private life as well as key events including the ‘Tolstoy’ controversy, the Suez Crisis, You've Never Had It So Good, the Winds of Change and the Profumo Scandal.

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A masterly biography which - through hitherto unseen primary material, new evidence and numerous interviews - reveals Eden in all his complexity.

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