About this event

  • Date and time Thu 21 Mar 2019 from 10:45am to 3:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Retired Fellows Society

Author and historian David Lough talks about his entertaining search amongst Winston Churchill’s private papers for answers to how a man of such a curious state of mind and behaviour was able to exert such powerful leadership at a time of crisis? And asks, by looking at other disruptive leaders including Donald Trump, whether there any patterns to be found in their early lives and mental health.

Key speakers

Dr David Lough

Dr David Lough won an open history scholarship to Oxford University where he gained a first class degree. After an early career in financial markets, he founded a private banking business, advising prominent British families across the range of their private affairs.

On his retirement, David used his private banking experience to research ‘No More Champagne – Churchill and His Money’, the previously untold story of Winston Churchill’s chaotic personal finances. It was acclaimed by critics on both sides of the Atlantic and shortlisted for the Longman History Book of the year 2016. His second book ‘Darling Winston – Forty years of letters between Winston Churchill and his mother’ appears in September 2018.

Dr Lough is a member of the UK’s Biographers’ Club, a trustee of the London Library, a school governor for the Haberdashers’ Company and on the advisory board of BlackRock’s philanthropy funds in London. He lives in Kent and, with his wife Felicity, has five children, two of whom are journalists, and –so far– seven grandchildren.


View the programme

Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction
In search of Churchill – body and soul

Mr David Lough, Historian and Author

Close of meeting followed by lunch

Lunch is now fully booked.


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

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