David Lough is an experienced speaker at many different types of events - conferences, lectures, awards dinners, formal or informal lunches or dinners to entertain business or personal guests, charity events and literary festivals. You can catch a flavour of the types of audience to whom he has spoken in many countries by running through the list at the foot of this page. If you are interested in arranging an event, please please email David at


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David always tailors his talks to the particular audience or subject you may have in mind. A selection of some of the titles on which he has spoken appears below:

British Prime Ministers and their money - from Walpole to Blair
Churchill and the art of the deal
The Churchills and the Spencers
Churchill's fixer: Brendan Bracken
Churchill's ghosts
Churchill's dark hours and dragons
Churchill in Canada
Churchill - shaped by inheritance?
Churchill as an investor
Churchill in India
Churchill's secret second world war fortune
Churchill and his lawyers
Churchill in Scotland
Churchill and trump - birds of a feather?
The private Churchill - through his portraits
Educating Churchill
How honest was Churchill?
How to lose it - lessons from Winston Churchill
Journeys with history
Searching for Churchill's money
Selling Chartwell
What price leadership? Churchill and his money


David will not usually ask for a fee when speaking at a public event in the first few months after publication of a book or for a charity event with which he a personal affinity. At literary festivals, David will be guided by festival's normal terms and the Society of Author's festival guidelines. At other events, David will agree a fee depending on the type of occasion, audience, planned admission charges, any filming or recording plans, book sale arrangements and travel involved.  


"You had the audience in your hands and one rightly said it was the best ever. It steered that difficult course between academia and entertainment. It was superb"; 


"Your speech was brilliant - we didn't want it to end!"; "an excellent and witty speech"; "a great presentation";


"I was honoured to be there and enjoyed the presentation immensely"; "thanks again for an outstanding event yesterday - evidenced by a substantial number of emails sent by our members."


"Thank you so much for your splendid talk last night. You were such a success. I have received some wonderful feedback. Everyone was clearly entranced by your enthralling anecdotes about Churchill’s tangled finances!"


"A huge thank you ... what a fantastic way to start the festival weekend!"; "David Lough was one of the best speakers I've heard - he made a subject in which I had no particular interest beforehand fascinating. I'd have happily listened for an hour."


"Thank you so much for your excellent talk. The reaction of the members I spoke to afterwards was without exception that it had been one of our very best meetings."


"David Lough Hits a Home Run. The Awards Dinner was as good as any of our productions over the last thirty years. I am not sure how we will top it next year..."

Thu 20 Sep 2018 6.30pm David Lough The London Library, 14 St. James's Square, London, SW1Y 4LG By invitation

This is the official launch party for ‘Darling Winston – Forty years of letters between Winston Churchill and his mother’. Also open to members of the Founders’ Circle of the London Library.


Sat 22 Sep 2018 Afternoon Churchill College Cambridge Churchill College Cambridge By invitation

David Lough and Dr Allen Packwood, Director of the Churchill Archives Centre, will be in conversation for the annual gathering of the alumni of Churchill College Cambridge about their forthcoming books, ‘Darling Winston – Forty years of letters between Winston Churchill and his mother’ (Head of Zeus) and ‘How Churchill Waged War’ (Pen & Sword).

Thu 11 Oct 2018 2 p.m. Guildford Book Festival: The Guildhall, 131 High Street, Guildford GU1 3AA Open to the public

David will be discussing his new book, Darling Winston: Forty years of letters between Winston Churchill and his mother.

Register your interest with Guildford Book Festival here.

Darling Winston appears in September 2018

Tue 06 Nov 2018 8pm Tonbridge School Tonbridge School, High Street, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1JP By invitation

‘Darling Winston – Forty years of letters between Winston Churchill and His Mother’.  A talk and reading by David Lough.

Further details available from Tonbridge School Parents’ Arts Society


Thu 20 Dec 2018 1.15pm - 2.15pm National Portrait Gallery St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE Open to the public

David will be speaking at the National Portrait Gallery about his new book Darling Winston – Forty Years of Letters between Winston Churchill and His Mother.

Thu 21 Mar 2019 11.30 a.m. The Royal Society of Medicine 1 Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE By invitation
Wed 22 May 2019 22-30 May 2019 Road Scholar on board the QM2 Sailing from New York on 22 May 2019 Open to the public

Churchill’s Finest Hour, A Transatlantic Voyage on the QM2

David Lough is the resident expert on board the QM2 giving insightful lectures into the political and military career of Winston Churchill, including his roles during the Boer War, Gallipoli and World War II.

More information and full itinerary available from Road Scholar


Previous Speaking Engagements


American Friends of the London Library, Washington DC

Association of Solicitor Investment Managers, Edinburgh; London


Barclays Capital

Blenheim Palace, Oxford

Book Passage, Corte Madera, California

Books and Books, Miami, Florida

Books Unbound, Hammersmith, London

The Boston Athenaeum, USA

The Britain Club, Westminster

The Bunbury Society, Kent



Cabinet War Rooms, London

Canterbury Arts Festival, Kent

Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent

Central Law Training, London

Chartwell Bookstore, New York

Churchill Centre UK, Chartwell Branch

Sir Winston Churchill Society of Ottawa, Canada

Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival, Kent

Clement James Centre, London

Cliveden House Hotel, Taplow

Cornelian Asset Managers, Edinburgh

Cripps LLP, London

Cryptos Society, The Reform Club, London

33rd International Churchill Conference, Washington DC





English-Speaking Union, West Kent; and Eastbourne branches

English-Speaking Union, Massachusetts

Eton College, History and Literature Societies

Euromoney, Tokyo


The Financial Services Forum, London

Fishbourne Loves Books, Chichester

FT Weekend Oxford Literature Festival



Gallé Literary Festival, Sri Lanka

GardaWorld, London; and Washington

Global Finance Foreign Exchange Awards Dinner 2017, London

Global Finance Private Banking Awards Dinner 2017, New York

Grant’s Interest Rate Observer Annual Conference, New York



The Worshipful Company of Haberdashers, London

The Hall and St. Christopher’s Schools, Hampstead, London

Handelsbanken Sweden: Linköping, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö, Örebrö, Katrineholm, Växjö, Kristianstadt, Helsinborg

Handelsbanken UK: Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Chorley, Darlington & The Dales, Exeter, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Worcester, Wilmslow

Heartwood Wealth Management, Tonbridge, Kent

Hexham Book Festival, Cumbria


Institutional Investor, Tokyo

International Churchill Society, UK: Chartwell, Kent

International Churchill Society, Canada: Toronto, Ontario

International Churchill Societies, USA: Ann Arbor; Michigan, San Francisco, Washington DC, Seattle, Washington, New York, Milwaukee

Illinois State Bar – ISBA Mutual Insurance Company, Chicago; London







Lavenham Literary Festival, Suffolk

The Law Society, London

The London Library Founders’ Circle; and Legacy Club

London Wall Partners LLP, London



The Other Other Club of Madison, Wisconsin



The National Portrait Gallery, London

The National Trust, Chartwell

The National Trust for Scotland, Patrons’ Club

The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA, Nantucket; Boston, USA

The New England Historical & Genealogical Society, Boston, USA

North Dorset Conservative Association

New England Churchillians, Boston



The Oxford & Cambridge Club, London

The Oregon Historical Society, Portland



67 Pall Mall Club, London

Personal Investment Management & Financial Advice Association (PIMFA), London

Probus Clubs: Ashdown; Horsham; and Tunbridge Wells





Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, Mayor’s Charity Dinner

The Royal Oak Foundation, New York; Philadelphia, USA

Royal Tunbridge Wells Festival, Kent

Ruffer LLP, London

Rye Arts Festival, East Sussex


The Securities Institute, London

Sedbergh School & Historical Society, Cumbria

Sherborne School, Sherborne, Dorset

The Somerset Club, Boston, USA

Strone House Literary Salon, Perthshire

Swan & Pen Society, University of Buckingham



Tonbridge School Parents Arts Society, Kent

The Other Club of Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA



U3A Kent

University Club of Chicago, Chicago, USA





Walham & Parsons Green Conservatives, London

WealthBriefing UK, London

Wellington College, Berkshire

Westminster School, London