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At one point, Alfred Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Northcliffe, owned two-thirds of all the titles on Fleet Street. By the time of his early death in August 1922, Northcliffe had founded the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror, and had also owned The Times and the Observer.
Join Andrew Roberts as he speaks to fellow historian Allan Mallinson about the man who defined modern popular journalism. They will consider what enabled Northcliffe to rise from a modest upbringing in Dublin to lead a magazine empire by the age of 27 and reflect on the populist approach that he took to engaging readers with the news.
Andrew Roberts is a biographer and historian of international renown whose books include Salisbury: Victorian Titan, Masters and Commanders, The Storm of War, Napoleon the Great and Leadership in War. His Churchill: Walking with Destiny (2018) was acclaimed as ‘undoubtedly the best single-volume life of Churchill ever written’ (Sunday Times) and was a major bestseller in UK and USA.
Roberts is a Fellow of the Royal Societies of Literature and the Royal Historical Society, and a Trustee of the International Churchill Society. He is currently Visiting Professor at the Department of War Studies at King’s College, London, and the Roger and Martha Mertz Visiting Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
Allan Mallinson served as a professional solder for 35 years. His first book was a history of four regiments of British light dragoons, one of which he commanded. His debut novel was the bestselling A Close Run Thing.
The Making of the British Army was shortlisted for a number of prizes, while 1914: Fight the Good Fight won the British Army’s ‘Book of the Year’ Award. Its sequel, Too Important for the Generals, is a provocative look at leadership during the Great War, while Fight to the Finish is a comprehensive history of the First World War, month by month.
He reviews for the Spectator and the TLS, and also writes for The Times.