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.

To ask about David speaking at your event, please contact Toby Mossop at Chartwell Speakers (toby@chartwellspeakers.com); for literary or charity events, please contact events@davidlough.uk.



David will tailor his talk to the particular audience or subject you may have in mind. A selection of some of the titles on which he has spoken is:

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?
Churchill and his mother - distant or close?
Churchill and the cinema
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 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..."  

"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."


Thu 21 Mar 2019 11.30 a.m. Retired Fellows Society Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE By invitation

David Lough will talk about the threads between Winston Churchill’s private and public lives to the Retired Fellows Society of the Royal Society of Medicine at its London headquarters.

Fri 03 May 2019 7.30pm The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, 56 East Street, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 1BS Open to the public

David sheds new light on Churchill’s curious emotional, intellectual and personal world and how it affected his public life.

Sun 05 May 2019 10.30 am Chiddingstone Literary Festival Chiddingstone Castle, nr Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7AD Open to the public

David Lough, editor of Darling Winston (the letters between Winston Churchill and his American mother Jennie Jerome), will appear alongside Donald Sturrock, editor of Love from Boy (the letters of Roald Dahl to his mother) at Chiddingstone Literary Festival on the weekend of 4-5 May 2019. They will discuss the relationships of these two extraordinary figures with their mothers, as revealed by their letters.

Sat 11 May 2019 4.45pm The Whitstable Literary Festival 2019 All Saints Vicarage Garden & Marquee, Church Street, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1PG Open to the public

David Lough will be joining other esteemed authors and guests in the beautiful seaside setting of Whitstable in Kent to talk at this Churchill themed event about his books ‘No More Champagne’ and  ‘Darling Winston‘.  More details available from the Whitstable Literary Festival website http://www.whitlit.co.uk/

Wed 15 May 2019 Evening Royal Oak Foundation, Washington DC National Churchill Library, University of Washington, Washington DC, USA Open to the public

David Lough will be talking about his new book ‘My Darling Winston – the Letters between Winston Churchill and his Mother’ to guests of the Royal Oak Foundation and the National Churchill Library and Centre at the University of Washington in Washington DC on Wednesday 15 May 2018.

Thu 16 May 2019 Evening The Royal Oak Foundation, Boston Boston Athenaeum, Boston, Massachusetts, USA By invitation

David Lough will be talking about his new book ‘Darling Winston – forty years of letters between Winston Churchill and his mother’ to The Royal Oak Foundation in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Fri 17 May 2019 12.00 University Club of Chicago Chicago, USA By invitation

David Lough will be talking about his new book My Darling Winston – the Letters between Winston Churchill and his Mother to members and guests of the University Club of Chicago in their Friday Lunchtime Lectures series on Friday 17 May.

Sun 19 May 2019 12.00 Winston Churchill Society of Michigan Oakland Hills Country Club, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan By invitation

David Lough will be talking about his new book Darling Winston – the Letters between Winston Churchill and his Mother to guests of the Winston Churchill Society of Michigan on Sunday 19 May 2019.

Mon 20 May 2019 Evening The Royal Oak Foundation, Philadelphia Union League Club, Philadelphia, USA By invitation

David Lough will be talking about his new book ‘Darling Winston – forty years of letters between Winston Churchill and his mother’ to The Royal Oak Foundation in Philadelphia, USA.

Wed 22 May 2019 Evening The Royal Oak Foundation, New York New York, USA Open to the public

David Lough will be talking about his new book My Darling Winston – the Letters between Winston Churchill and his Mother to members and guests of the Royal Oak Foundation in New York on Wednesday 22 May 2019.

Fri 24 May 2019 24-30 May 2019 Road Scholar on board the QM2 Sailing from New York on 24 May 2019 Open to the public

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

David Lough will the resident expert on board the QM2 giving daily lectures on Winston Churchill, including on his military, political and writing careers.

More information and full itinerary available from the US educational travel organisation Road Scholar


Sat 15 Jun 2019 11.00 - 13.00 & 14.00 - 16.00 Churchill War Rooms Clive Steps, King Charles Street, London, SW1A 2AQ Open to the public

David will be at the Churchill War Rooms to sign copies of his books No More Champagne and Darling Winston.

More information regarding the venue is available on the Imperial War Museum website:  http://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/churchill-war-rooms

Thu 17 Oct 2019 8pm Leigh & District Historical Society Leigh Small Village Hall, High Street, Leigh, Kent, TN11 8RL By invitation

David will talk about his books No More Champagne and Darling Winston and shed new light on Churchill’s curious emotional, intellectual and personal world and how it affected his public life.

Previous Speaking Engagements


American Friends of the London Library, Washington DC

Association of Solicitor Investment Managers, Edinburgh; London


Barclays Capital

Blenheim Palace Festival of Literature, 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

Churchill College, Cambridge

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

Guildford Book Festival, Surrey



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 of Buckingham, London

University Club of Chicago, Chicago, USA





Walham & Parsons Green Conservatives, London

WealthBriefing UK, London

Wellington College, Berkshire

Westminster School, London