Churchill: Walking with Destiny, talk by Professor Andrew Roberts
Renowned historian, Andrew Roberts, was invited by the Lyonian Association to come to Harrow on the Hill to talk to John Lyon and Harrow students, as well as OLs and other members of the community.
Andrew Roberts, Visiting Professor at the War Studies Department at Kings College, came to speak about his new biography, Churchill: Walking with Destiny.
Roberts' talk was not only fascinating about Churchill but was also a masterclass in the art of public speaking. Without any notes, he spoke brilliantly for an hour, beginning with Churchill's time at Harrow, engaging us in crystal clear detail with Churchill's triumphs and disasters in his extraordinary political career, and bring us back to Harrow at the end.
Former JLS Head Boy, John Mather (OL 1954 - 1962), an expert on Churchill's health and its impact on his work and life, who advised Roberts in his research for his book, was on hand to chip in on the discussion.
Walking with Destiny is a great read, depicting intimately Churchill’s faults and virtues: his titanic capacity for work (and drink), his ability to see the big picture, his willingness to take risks and insistence on being where the action was, his good humour even in the most desperate circumstances, the breadth and strength of his friendships and his extraordinary propensity to burst into tears at unexpected moments.