Monday, 11 May 2009

Lord Hattersley and political biography

I had the honour tonight of attending a lecture given by Lord Hattersley at the opening of our new History Building. He's a Sheffield lad, a journalist and writer who holds a Visiting Fellowship at Harvard and an excellent speaker. His topic was political biographies, and he gave an interesting insight into them, being in the process of writing one on Lloyd George. His view was that biographies of politicians were more likely to be more biased and more affected by the views of the author than biographies of "normal" people. He illustrated his talk with excerpts from several biographies and many anecdotes, and at the end took several questions and appeared to thoroughly enjoy the ensuing discussion. It's events like these that make me glad I work at a University.

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