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February 25, 2008



No other prime minister wrote novels as far as we know, but all of them, I imagine, put out fiction. A vivid recent case was Tony Blair's set of lies justifying Bush's attack on Iraq.


Actually, Churchill the British politician wrote one novel called Savrola, published in 1900.

Adam Roberts

There are lots of nineteenth-century literary P.M.s: the Earl of Derby translated the Iliad in 1864; John Russell edited the Memoirs, Journal and Correspondence of Thomas Moore, published in 8 vols between 1853 and 1856. The Earl of Aberdeen was a notable classical scholar, and the cousin of Byron to boot (everybody remarked on his physical resemblance to the poet). Both Viscount Goderich (later the Earl of Ripon) and George Canning wrote copious amounts of poetry, none of it good. None of these were novelists, though, it's true.

John Thomas McGuire

After years of searching, I finally found Disraeli's Coningsby. It will be interesting to see if the book is worth the search.

Carter Jefferson

I read your blog, found it interesting, and then, when somebody stuck me with a meme, I thought of you. So if you go to the Internet Review of Books blog-- -- you'll find yourself listed as somebody who might be interested. I had to find somebody I felt pretty sure actually read books.


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