Annal: 1981 Whitbread Book Award for Biography

Results of the Whitbread Book Award in the year 1981.

Book:The Full Monty

The Full Monty

Nigel Hamilton

There may be worse titles for a biography of Lord Montgomery of Alamein than The Full Monty, but none readily come to mind. At best it suggests a few laughs that most certainly aren’t to be found, and at worst a staggering insensitivity when the book’s central thesis is Montgomery’s confused and complex sexuality. Nigel Hamilton has already written an acclaimed three-volume biography of Monty, published in the 1980s, which reclaimed the honour and reputation of the British soldier that had been savaged by earlier generations of American historians, and now…

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