No More Champagne


‘An understated triumph of the biographer’s art’

 Derek Turner, Chronicles, The Magazine of American Culture


‘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 in either hardback or paperback.


“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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David Lough reviews Six Minutes in May – Daily Telegraph

Six Minutes in May: How Churchill Unexpectedly Became Prime Minister by Nicholas Shakespeare David Lough reviewed Nicholas Shakespeare’s new book about the Norwegian campaign of April 1940 and Neville Chamberlain’s subsequent replacement as prime minister by Winston Churchill in The Daily Telegraph on 14 October 2017. Read the review here.

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