God In Number 10 – Book Launch

Mike Kane MP will host a Reception on behalf of the author Fr Mark Vickers and SPCK Publishing for the launch of the book, God in Number 10.

God in No. 10

‘This carefully researched and well-written study reveals the religious faith of our Prime Ministers, or lack of it, in vivid colours. Prepare to be shocked and surprised as the author lays bare their souls.’

Mark Vickers’ acclaimed volume on the faith of the twentieth-century British Prime Ministers casts a new perspective on these holders of the highest political office in the realm. God in Number 10 offers intriguing insights into Margaret Thatcher’s legendary ‘Sermon on the Mound’, Tony Blair’s perception of Jesus as a modernizer, Arthur Balfour’s recourse to spiritualism, Stanley Baldwin’s mystical experiences, and Winston Churchill’s involvement with astrology. The book considers the role of religion generally in the political classes of the period, the reasons for the declining influence of faith in the public forum, and the relationship between Church and State.

The families of Henry Asquith, Andrew Bonar Law, Ramsay MacDonald, Neville Chamberlain, Harold Macmillan, Alec Douglas-Home and Harold Wilson have all expressed their support for God in Number 10 and, where able, helped in the research, while John Major has assisted fully.

Mark Vickers read History at Durham University and practised with one of the City law firms. Having studied for the priesthood at the English College in Rome, he was ordained for the Diocese of Westminster in 2003. He is currently a parish priest in West London.

The Churchill Room, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA
7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, 26 October 2022
Charles Moore, Lord Moore of Etchingham, will speak at 7.30 p.m.

Book free tickets here.

Pre-order the book here, published on October 20th.

‘Secularism has air brushed the role of religion from the formation and motivation of our Prime Ministers. This book demonstrates the conclusive and increasing importance of faith in the lives of the twentieth-century premiers.’

– Jeremy Black, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Exeter

‘Do Christian beliefs, values and prayer have a place in contemporary politics? What have we to fear if they don’t? This timely study reveals the surprising extent to which the Prime Ministers of the last century were influenced by their Christian upbringing and faith – and suggests how their successors could benefit from a similar ethical foundation.’

– Tim Farron, MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, 2015-17

Nazi Espionage comes to Dundee

The Black Watch Castle and Museum’s second Book festival – ‘Words of War’ 2022.

Saturday, October 1st, 2022 – 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm

A Taste For Treason is the dramatic, untold story of how a Nazi spy’s letter, posted in New York and intercepted in Scotland in 1938, broke spy rings across Europe and North America. Following parallel Nazi espionage plots in the UK and USA and an extraordinary cast of characters as they converged on a Scottish post office, this is a thrilling true story of the international spy hunt that followed.

Dr. Andrew Jeffrey will discuss with Dr. Nicola Small the remarkable housewife spy catcher who set MI5 on the trail of Nazi Germany’s most notorious spy in pre-war Britain and how that single letter marked the genesis of an intelligence sharing and security alliance that today includes the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, the so-called Five Eyes.

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Pre-order A Taste for Treason published on October 6th.

Author’s Club Lunch with Caroline Boggis-Rolfe

It is always a pleasure when an Authors’ Club member has a new book out, and this month we are delighted to welcome Caroline Boggis-Rolfe to discuss The Baltic Story (Amberley Publishing).

This epic history recounts the stirring events that, over the past thousand years, have shaped the nations that surround the Baltic Sea, and now form parts of Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Germany.

It explores the ties of blood and commerce that connected them, and encompasses the foundation of some of Europe’s greatest cities, including St Petersburg, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Gdansk, and the cataclysmic impact of the First World War and the Russian Revolution, which radically reshaped the region.

Caroline Boggis-RolfeCaroline Boggis-Rolfe is a writer and lecturer. After receiving a BA in Italian from London University, she followed her husband to Berlin in 1969 where he worked for the British Commanders’-in-Chief Mission to the Soviet Forces. Their proximity and access to Iron Curtain countries piqued Caroline’s interest in the Baltic region, and she was able to visit Dresden, Leipzig, and Potsdam in the 1970s. Over the past ten years, Caroline has been a regular visitor to the Baltic as a guest lecturer.


Tuesday 18 June, 12.30 for 1pm

Lady Violet Room, National Liberal Club, 1 Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2HE

The charge for the two-course lunch (starter, main course, coffee and chocolates) and a glass of club wine is £33 per person. To book, phone 020 7930 9871 or email louisa@nlc.org.uk by Friday 14 June. Payment can be made by cheque, bank transfer or debit card.

Book Launch: THE BALTIC STORY by Caroline Boggis-Rolfe

Join us to celebrate the publication of The Baltic Story with writer and lecturer Caroline Boggis-Rolfe!

Book Launch is confirmed for Thursday 2nd May 2019 at 6.30-8.15pm

At Owl Bookshop in Kentish Town

Tickets £5.00, available over the phone on 020 7485 7793 or in-store: http://www.owlbookshop.co.uk/events/caroline-boggis-rolfe/

The Baltic Story recounts the shared history of the countries around the Baltic, from the events of a thousand years ago to today. It shows the ties of blood and commerce that have bound the different lands which now lie in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Western Russia and eastern Germany. The narrative encompasses the foundation of some of Europe’s greatest cities, including St Petersburg, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Gdansk.