Graham Stewart is Political Editor of The Critic and Senior Research Fellow in Twentieth-Century British History at the Humanities Research Institute of Buckingham University. He is the author of six books.
His debut work, Burying Caesar: Churchill, Chamberlain and the Battle for the Tory Party (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1999) won international acclaim including the expectation from the Washington Post that it portended the “birth of a star.” Friendship & Betrayal: Ambition and the Limits of Loyalty (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2007) was described in The Spectator as pointing “towards a new way forward for political biography” and was nominated for the Orwell Prize.
He is also the author of the seventh volume of The Times’s official history, The Murdoch Years (HarperCollins, 2005). It greatly contributed to the debate about Rupert Murdoch’s role in the British media and was described by The Guardian’s editor, Alan Rusbridger, as “pulsing with journalistic flesh and blood.”
His other works are His Finest Hours: The War Speeches of Winston Churchill (Quercus, 2007), a two thousand year survey of primary source material in Britannia: 100 Documents That Shaped a Nation (Atlantic Books 2011) and Bang! A History of Britain in the 1980s (Atlantic Books 2013) which was lauded as “superb” (The Observer), “terrific” (Mail on Sunday), “definitive” (Management Today) and “sensationally good” (The Scotsman).
He was educated at the universities of St Andrews and Cambridge where he was awarded his PhD. After university, he worked for the politician and diarist, Alan Clark, and later for a private investment company in Singapore before moving to Yangon (Rangoon) to set up operations for Bell Pottinger. He was subsequently a partner at Klareco Communications, based in Singapore.
A former columnist for The Times, he has also been published in the Historical Journal, The Spectator, the Literary Review, the Sunday Telegraph and the Wall Street Journal.