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Lord Douglas Hurd talks about and signs his new book, Disraeli or The Two Lives With Afternoon Tea at Letchworth Golf Club

Wednesday 17 July 2013
3:00 pm

Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) was the most gifted parliamentarian of the nineteenth century. A superb orator, writer and wit, he twice rose to become Prime Minister, dazzling many with his famous epigrams along the way. But how much do we really know about the man? How did this bankrupt Jewish school dropout and trashy novelist reach the top of the Victorian Conservative Party? And why does his reputation continue to have such a hold over British politics today?

In this engaging reassessment, Douglas Hurd and Edward Young explore the paradoxes at the centre of Disraeli's ‘two lives’: a dandy and gambler on the one hand, a devoted servant and favourite Prime Minister of the Queen on the other. A passionately ambitious politician, he intrigued and manoeuvred with unmatched skill to get to - in his own words – ‘the top of the greasy pole’, but he also developed a set of ideas to which he was devoted. His political achievements are never quite what they seem: he despised the idea of a more classless society, he never used the phrase ‘One Nation’ and, although he passed the Second Reform Act, he was no believer in democracy. By stripping away the many myths which surround his career, Douglas Hurd and Edward Young bring alive the true genius of Disraeli. His real legacy is not political but personal. He was tolerant in an age of intolerance, witty at a time when pomposity was treated as a virtue, imaginative to excess and unstintingly brave.

About the Douglass Hurd: Former diplomat and MP from 1974 to 1997, Lord Hurd served Margaret Thatcher as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, as Home Secretary and as Foreign Secretary. He is the author of a highly acclaimed biography of Robert Peel, as well as a number of thrillers and his autobiography. He lives in Oxfordshire and London.

Letchworth Golf Club is located on Letchworth Lane (SG6 3NQ) .Tickets are £25 and include the book and afternoon tea. Tickets are available from David’s only.

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