Six Minutes in May
- Narrated by: Peter Noble
- Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 28-06-18
- Language: English
- Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
London, May 1940. Britain is under threat of invasion, and Neville Chamberlain’s government is about to fall. It is hard for us to imagine the Second World War without Winston Churchill taking the helm, but in Six Minutes in May Nicholas Shakespeare shows how easily events could have gone in a different direction.
It took just six minutes for MPs to cast the votes that brought down Chamberlain. Shakespeare moves from Britain’s disastrous battle in Norway, for which many blamed Churchill, on to the dramatic developments in Westminster that led to Churchill becoming Prime Minister. Uncovering fascinating new research and delving into the key players’ backgrounds, Shakespeare gives us a new perspective on this critical moment in our history.
Selected as a 2017 Book of the Year in the Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Observer and The Economist.
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By Chantal on 29-07-18
Does much to straighten the record
Using a mass of documents written at the time,, Shakespeare unfolds the events as they happened in great detail. In doing so he restores dignity to Chamberlain without detracting from Churchill. Fascinating and illuminating.
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By Andrew W. on 13-09-18
an excellent piece of historical reportage...
this is a hugely enjoyable book/listen, made all the more fascinating by the author's personal family insights. I'd have maybe edited an hour from the initial Norway invasion story - but overall a brilliant piece of work
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