The Prime Minister: The Office and Its Holders Since 1945

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Palgrave Macmillan, Oct 5, 2001 - History - 685 pages
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A Good House begins in 1949 in Stonebrook, Ontario, home to the Chambers family. The postwar boom and hope for the future color every facet of life: the possibilities seem limitless for Bill, his wife Sylvia, and their three children.

In the fifty years that follow, the possibilities narrow. Sylvia's untimely death marks her family indelibly but in ways only time will reveal. Paul's perfect marriage yields an imperfect child. Daphne unabashedly follows an unconventional path, while Patrick discovers that his happiness requires a series of compromises. Bill confronts the onset of old age less gracefully than anticipated, and throughout, his second wife, Margaret, remains, surprisingly, the family anchor.

This extraordinarily moving and beautifully crafted first novel was a number one bestseller in Canada where it won one of the country's most prestigious literary awards, the Giller Prize, in 1999.

 

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An award-winning scholar of British governing bodies, Hennessy (contemporary history, Queen Mary and Westfield Coll., Univ. of London; Whitehall) argues that the functions and powers of the prime ... Read full review

Contents

The Platonic Idea and the Constitutional Deal
3
Continuity and Cottage Pie
12
The DoubieHeaded Nation
21
The Premiership Before
36
Beyond any Mortal? The Stretching of
53
Premiers War Cabinets
102
Clement Attlee
147
Winston Churchill
178
Edward Heath
331
Harold Wilson 197476
357
James Callaghan 197679
376
Margaret
397
John Major 199097
437
Tony Blair 1997
476
The Inevitability
527
Premiership for
534

Anthony Eden
207
Harold Macmillan
248
Alec DouglasHome 196364
272
Harold Wilson 196470
286
Notes
543
Index
661
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Peter Hennessy is an award winning author of numerous books. His most recent is Canada's Big House.

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