No More Champagne: now in paperback in UK


‘One of the most compelling history books ever written’

 Francis Beckett Third Age Matters


‘Reads as effortlessly as a novel … [it] may become a classic’

 Tim Congdon, The New Criterion


Critics on both sides of the Atlantic have acclaimed David Lough’s No More Champagne: Churchill and His Money, the first full, lifetime narrative of Winston Churchill’s precarious private finances. The Times, Wall Street Journal, Daily Mail and Guardian listed the book among their ‘books of the year’ for 2015; it was shortlisted for the Longman-History Today Book of the Year Prize 2016.


Churchill lived for most of his life on a financial cliff edge. The popular image may be of champagne and cigars; behind the scenes, his friends and family came to the rescue several times to prevent his financial problems from engulfing his political career. Only fragments of this story had previously emerged. A retired banker and history scholar of Oxford University, David Lough, has unearthed new material and tells the fascinating story of Churchill and his finances for the first time.


Find out more about the book, David’s background, his schedule of events – and how to order a copy with a dedication from the author.


“For ages I have been puzzled by the odd bits information, often contradictory, that have emerged about Churchill’s money problems. I was surprised to find that no one had written about the subject properly before – but even more surprised by the story that emerges from my research. It is richer than I had dared hope…”

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‘An understated triumph of the biographer’s art’: US cultural magazine ‘Chronicles’ on ‘No More Champagne’

Chronicles hails No More Champagne  ‘An understated triumph of the biographer’s art’ Novelist Derek Turner’s review in June 2017 issue Chronicles, the ‘magazine of American culture’ published by the Rockford Institute, forecasts that No More Champagne will ‘ensconce’ itself  ‘in the extensive Churchillian historiography’ as a ‘go-to texts for future enquirers’. Reviewer Derek Turner writes: ‘Lough draws out subtle […]

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