Dr. Piers Brendon was born in Cornwall in 1940. He was educated at Shrewsbury School and Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he read History. He took a Ph.D. for his thesis on the Oxford Movement, published in 1974. Since then he has worked mainly as a freelance writer, producing over a dozen books, among them The Dark Valley: A Panorama of the 1930s and The Decline and Fall of the British Empire. His latest work is a biography of Edward VIII, written for the Penguin Monarchs series and he will be discussing this highly engaging book on the abdication 80 years ago, an event which continues to cast a long shadow over the monarchy to this day.
Piers contributes widely to the national press. He has done a lot of work for television on both sides of the camera, appearing most recently in two TV series, “The Royal House of Windsor” and “Inside Windsor Castle”. He was consultant and script editor for ITV’s four-part film “The Windsors”, nominated for a Royal Television Society Award, and for a three-part television series called “The Churchills”. He also scripted a two-part Channel 4 documentary based on his book The Dark Valley. He is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
A past Keeper of the Churchill Archives Centre, a repository of the papers of many famous figures, he is currently completing a book about Winston Churchill and the Animal Kingdom, entitled “A Churchill Bestiary”, to be illustrated by Helen Oxenbury.
Monday 23 October
2.30pm The Beacon