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ISBN: 9781780278599
Published: 06 Jun 2024
Format: Paperback
Extent: 288
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: Birlinn
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About the Book

This is the true story of Winston Churchill and Scotland.

In the popular imagination, Winston Churchill is the bulldog of 1940 – uncompromising and Conservative. But in 1922 he was the reforming, progressive Liberal MP for Dundee who, after five successive election wins and a majority of 15,000, could confidently claim to have a seat for life.

But one man had other ideas. This is the story of how god-fearing teetotaller Edwin Scrymgeour fought and won an election against Britain’s most famous politician. Andrew Liddle vividly brings to life an extraordinary rivalry as it unfolded over fifteen years, and also explores for the first time Churchill’s controversial Scottish legacy, including his attitude to devolution.

'Rich and well-written . . . a vital insight' – The Scotsman

'A fascinating story' – Times Radio

'A brilliant book' – Andrew Adonis


The Author

Andrew Liddle

Andrew Liddle is a writer and political consultant based in Edinburgh. He was previously Political Correspondent for The Press and Journal and Chief Reporter for The Courier. His first book, Ruth Davidson and the Resurgence of the Scottish Tories, was published by Biteback in 2018.

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