‘I have always been fascinated by the intersection of private and public lives’


David Lough returned to his university specialism of history after a career spent in private banking. In his first book, No More Champagne – Churchill and His Money, David used his financial experience to piece together the largely unknown story of Churchill’s chaotic personal finances . In doing so, a critic acknowledged that he had ‘brilliantly illuminated’ a new, more human picture of Britain’s iconic wartime leader. The Times, Wall Street Journal, Daily Mail and Guardian listed No More Champagne among their ‘books of the year’ for 2015 and it was shortlisted for the Longman-History Today Book of the Year Prize 2016.


David’s task as a private banking adviser was to understand how people express and reveal their inner selves through the way they approach decisions about their money. Now he brings that expertise to bear by speaking and writing about history’s major ‘disrupter’ leaders and what we can divine about the way they think and act by looking at their early years and the decisions they make in their private lives.


David’s second book appears in September 2018. Darling Winston Forty years of letters between Winston Churchill and his mother continues David’s exploration of fresh material about Churchill’s early life, his intense relationship with his mother – and her unsung role in his upbringing as a soldier, writer and politician – emotional, educational and philosophical .


Find out more about David’s background, his speaking and schedule of events – and his books and how to order copies, signed and with a special dedication.


What they said about 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 … may become a classic’

Tim Congdon, The New Criterion

News & Events

Next Event

Sunday May 2019

Winston Churchill Society of Michigan

By invitation

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Darling Winston letters book to be launched at Churchill’s London Library

Darling Winston, a collection of the letters between Winston Churchill and his American mother Jennie Jerome, wil be launched next Thursday 20 September at the London Library, a private members’ library in St James’s Square, London. Churchill was a member of the library during his ‘wilderness years’ of the 1930s while he was writing and […]

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