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/ Key title The Sunday Times bestselling biography of one of the towering figures in British history who became Prime Minister at the age of twenty-four, written by the youngest-ever leader of the Tory Party. / A Sunday Times bestseller, the hardback edition has sold 40,000 copies to date. / Chosen as a Book of the Year in the Mail on Sunday and New Statesman. / There is a huge Conservative fanbase for William Hague which should translate into a broad paperback market. / Like Roy Jenkins on Churchill, William Hague on William Pitt is a perfect match of author and subject. / No single-volume biography of Pitt exists. John Ehrman's massive 3-volume biography, published in the 1980s, is now out of print.
William Hague was born in Rotherham in 1961. While at Oxford, he was President of the Union and of the University Conservative Association.He has been MP for Richmond, Yorkshire since 1989. He joined the Cabinet in 1995 as Secretary of State for Wales, and was leader of the Conservative Party from June 1997 to June 2001. This is his first book.
'A weighty and scholarly biography ... the empathy, indeed the identification of subject with author, is remarkable. Hague deserves an accolade ... he has written a serious, detailed and thoughtful study of one of Britain's greatest prime ministers' Guardian 'Truly fine ... The need for a distinguished, readable, single-volume work has long been recognised. William Hague has now triumphantly filled this gap' Scotsman