Revue de presse
"Engaging and highly entertaining." (Sunday Times)
"A hugely enjoyable joint biography." (Independent)
"Aldous does a splendid job of gleaning the ears of corn from earlier studies." (Daily Telegraph)
"A romp... a startling reworking of traditional views... Aldous has written an entertaining and thought-provoking book that reads like a novel." (Spectator)
Présentation de l'éditeur
To Disraeli, his antagonist was an 'unprincipled maniac' characterised by an 'extraordinary mixture of envy, vindictiveness, hypocrisy and superstition'. For Gladstone, his rival was 'The Grand Corrupter' whose destruction he plotted 'day and night, week by week, month by month'. Victorians were electrified by the confrontation. No wonder that when Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass appeared in 1871, so many readers recognised the great adversaries as the warring lion and unicorn 'fighting for the crown'.
Richard Aldous gives us the first modern telling of this dramatic story of an intense and momentous rivalry. His vivid narrative style - at turns powerful, witty, stirring and theatrical - breathes new life into a familiar, half-remembered tale that is pivotal in Britain's island history. The Lion and the Unicorn is a brilliant rethinking of the Gladstone and Disraeli story for a new generation. Richard Aldous confirms a perennial truth: in politics, everything is personal.