Episode 3 of 10
Historian Sir David Cannadine explores 'Churchill's Other Lives' outside politics. As a young man, Churchill discovered his love for words and decided to make a living out of them, initially as a war correspondent.
Indeed he became a writer so prolific and unstoppable that when he was hit by a car in a New York street, he dictated a thousand words about the experience from his hospital bed. Some of what he wrote was, as David Cannadine shows, very pot-boilerish. In this programme, we hear extracts from Churchill's forgotten early dispatches, which made him famous at a young age.
With Roger Allam as Winston Churchill.
Producer: Melissa FitzGerald
A Blakeway Production for BBC Radio 4.