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Chapter 176 : Simon Heffer

Iain Dale’s Book Club

Iain Dale interviews historian and biographer Simon Heffer about his book THE DIARIES OF SIR HENRY ‘CHIPS’ CHANNON (Volune II 1938-43).

53mins

3 Jun 2022

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Simon Heffer, "High Minds: The Victorians and the Birth of Modern Britain" (Pegasus Books, 2022)

New Books in British Studies

Britain in the 1840s should have been, observes Simon Heffer, a time of great social improvement. Instead it was a country that was beset by poverty, unrest, assassination attempts on young Queen Victoria and her Prime Minister, and fears of revolution. Yet just forty years later, it was as if none of that had ever happened. It had become a prosperous and progressive nation, transformed by advances not only in industrialization, but also in politics, science, religion, and education. That Britain had become such a society was not an accident, but the result of intelligent and directed purposeThe story of that purpose, and what it wrought, is the subject of Heffer’s book High Minds: The Victorians and the Birth of Modern Britain (Pegasus Books, 2022). It is an investigation not simply of political, social, or cultural change, but of a change of mind—by which I mean not merely changing ideas, like changing clothes from season to season, but of changing the way things are seenSimon Heffer is an eminent British journalist, essayist, historian, and author of numerous books, including lives of the 19th century Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle and 20th century politician Enoch Powell, and a series of histories of Britain of which High Minds is the first.For Further Investigation In our wide-ranging conversation we touched on topics covered in previous episodes of the podcast. If you haven’t already, then listen to Jonathan Rose talk about the intellectual life of the British working class; or Will Hay describe the importance of an obscure Prime Minister. High Minds was published in 2013 in Britain, but is only now being published in the United States by Pegasus Books. It has been followed by The Age of Decadence–A History of Britain: 1880-1914, which was confusingly published in the United States before High Minds. Staring at God: Britain in the Great War has not been published in America; you’ll need to order it from Britain along with the good Cadbury’s chocolate they keep for themselves. The final volume in the series, now being written, will end the story in 1939. Al Zambone is a historian and the host of the excellent podcast Historically Thinking. You can subscribe to Historically Thinking on Apple Podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/british-studies

1hr 13mins

16 May 2022

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Simon Heffer, "High Minds: The Victorians and the Birth of Modern Britain" (Pegasus Books, 2022)

New Books in History

Britain in the 1840s should have been, observes Simon Heffer, a time of great social improvement. Instead it was a country that was beset by poverty, unrest, assassination attempts on young Queen Victoria and her Prime Minister, and fears of revolution. Yet just forty years later, it was as if none of that had ever happened. It had become a prosperous and progressive nation, transformed by advances not only in industrialization, but also in politics, science, religion, and education. That Britain had become such a society was not an accident, but the result of intelligent and directed purposeThe story of that purpose, and what it wrought, is the subject of Heffer’s book High Minds: The Victorians and the Birth of Modern Britain (Pegasus Books, 2022). It is an investigation not simply of political, social, or cultural change, but of a change of mind—by which I mean not merely changing ideas, like changing clothes from season to season, but of changing the way things are seenSimon Heffer is an eminent British journalist, essayist, historian, and author of numerous books, including lives of the 19th century Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle and 20th century politician Enoch Powell, and a series of histories of Britain of which High Minds is the first.For Further Investigation In our wide-ranging conversation we touched on topics covered in previous episodes of the podcast. If you haven’t already, then listen to Jonathan Rose talk about the intellectual life of the British working class; or Will Hay describe the importance of an obscure Prime Minister. High Minds was published in 2013 in Britain, but is only now being published in the United States by Pegasus Books. It has been followed by The Age of Decadence–A History of Britain: 1880-1914, which was confusingly published in the United States before High Minds. Staring at God: Britain in the Great War has not been published in America; you’ll need to order it from Britain along with the good Cadbury’s chocolate they keep for themselves. The final volume in the series, now being written, will end the story in 1939. Al Zambone is a historian and the host of the excellent podcast Historically Thinking. You can subscribe to Historically Thinking on Apple Podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/history

1hr 13mins

16 May 2022

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Simon Heffer, "High Minds: The Victorians and the Birth of Modern Britain" (Pegasus Books, 2022)

New Books in Western European Studies

Britain in the 1840s should have been, observes Simon Heffer, a time of great social improvement. Instead it was a country that was beset by poverty, unrest, assassination attempts on young Queen Victoria and her Prime Minister, and fears of revolution. Yet just forty years later, it was as if none of that had ever happened. It had become a prosperous and progressive nation, transformed by advances not only in industrialization, but also in politics, science, religion, and education. That Britain had become such a society was not an accident, but the result of intelligent and directed purposeThe story of that purpose, and what it wrought, is the subject of Heffer’s book High Minds: The Victorians and the Birth of Modern Britain (Pegasus Books, 2022). It is an investigation not simply of political, social, or cultural change, but of a change of mind—by which I mean not merely changing ideas, like changing clothes from season to season, but of changing the way things are seenSimon Heffer is an eminent British journalist, essayist, historian, and author of numerous books, including lives of the 19th century Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle and 20th century politician Enoch Powell, and a series of histories of Britain of which High Minds is the first.For Further Investigation In our wide-ranging conversation we touched on topics covered in previous episodes of the podcast. If you haven’t already, then listen to Jonathan Rose talk about the intellectual life of the British working class; or Will Hay describe the importance of an obscure Prime Minister. High Minds was published in 2013 in Britain, but is only now being published in the United States by Pegasus Books. It has been followed by The Age of Decadence–A History of Britain: 1880-1914, which was confusingly published in the United States before High Minds. Staring at God: Britain in the Great War has not been published in America; you’ll need to order it from Britain along with the good Cadbury’s chocolate they keep for themselves. The final volume in the series, now being written, will end the story in 1939. Al Zambone is a historian and the host of the excellent podcast Historically Thinking. You can subscribe to Historically Thinking on Apple Podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/european-studies

1hr 13mins

16 May 2022

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Simon Heffer, "High Minds: The Victorians and the Birth of Modern Britain" (Pegasus Books, 2022)

New Books in Intellectual History

Britain in the 1840s should have been, observes Simon Heffer, a time of great social improvement. Instead it was a country that was beset by poverty, unrest, assassination attempts on young Queen Victoria and her Prime Minister, and fears of revolution. Yet just forty years later, it was as if none of that had ever happened. It had become a prosperous and progressive nation, transformed by advances not only in industrialization, but also in politics, science, religion, and education. That Britain had become such a society was not an accident, but the result of intelligent and directed purposeThe story of that purpose, and what it wrought, is the subject of Heffer’s book High Minds: The Victorians and the Birth of Modern Britain (Pegasus Books, 2022). It is an investigation not simply of political, social, or cultural change, but of a change of mind—by which I mean not merely changing ideas, like changing clothes from season to season, but of changing the way things are seenSimon Heffer is an eminent British journalist, essayist, historian, and author of numerous books, including lives of the 19th century Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle and 20th century politician Enoch Powell, and a series of histories of Britain of which High Minds is the first.For Further Investigation In our wide-ranging conversation we touched on topics covered in previous episodes of the podcast. If you haven’t already, then listen to Jonathan Rose talk about the intellectual life of the British working class; or Will Hay describe the importance of an obscure Prime Minister. High Minds was published in 2013 in Britain, but is only now being published in the United States by Pegasus Books. It has been followed by The Age of Decadence–A History of Britain: 1880-1914, which was confusingly published in the United States before High Minds. Staring at God: Britain in the Great War has not been published in America; you’ll need to order it from Britain along with the good Cadbury’s chocolate they keep for themselves. The final volume in the series, now being written, will end the story in 1939. Al Zambone is a historian and the host of the excellent podcast Historically Thinking. You can subscribe to Historically Thinking on Apple Podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/intellectual-history

1hr 13mins

16 May 2022

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Simon Heffer, "High Minds: The Victorians and the Birth of Modern Britain" (Pegasus Books, 2022)

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Britain in the 1840s should have been, observes Simon Heffer, a time of great social improvement. Instead it was a country that was beset by poverty, unrest, assassination attempts on young Queen Victoria and her Prime Minister, and fears of revolution. Yet just forty years later, it was as if none of that had ever happened. It had become a prosperous and progressive nation, transformed by advances not only in industrialization, but also in politics, science, religion, and education. That Britain had become such a society was not an accident, but the result of intelligent and directed purposeThe story of that purpose, and what it wrought, is the subject of Heffer’s book High Minds: The Victorians and the Birth of Modern Britain (Pegasus Books, 2022). It is an investigation not simply of political, social, or cultural change, but of a change of mind—by which I mean not merely changing ideas, like changing clothes from season to season, but of changing the way things are seenSimon Heffer is an eminent British journalist, essayist, historian, and author of numerous books, including lives of the 19th century Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle and 20th century politician Enoch Powell, and a series of histories of Britain of which High Minds is the first.For Further Investigation In our wide-ranging conversation we touched on topics covered in previous episodes of the podcast. If you haven’t already, then listen to Jonathan Rose talk about the intellectual life of the British working class; or Will Hay describe the importance of an obscure Prime Minister. High Minds was published in 2013 in Britain, but is only now being published in the United States by Pegasus Books. It has been followed by The Age of Decadence–A History of Britain: 1880-1914, which was confusingly published in the United States before High Minds. Staring at God: Britain in the Great War has not been published in America; you’ll need to order it from Britain along with the good Cadbury’s chocolate they keep for themselves. The final volume in the series, now being written, will end the story in 1939. Al Zambone is a historian and the host of the excellent podcast Historically Thinking. You can subscribe to Historically Thinking on Apple Podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/new-books-network

1hr 13mins

16 May 2022

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Pippa Crerar, Frances O'Grady, Suzanne Evans & Simon Heffer

Cross Question with Iain Dale

Joining Iain Dale on Cross Question this evening are the Mirror's Political Editor Pippa Crerar, General Secretary of the TUC Frances O'Grady, political commentator Suzanne Evans and historian Simon Heffer.

53mins

27 Apr 2022

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Rebecca Long-Bailey, Simon Heffer, Yasmin Al-Alibhai -Brown & Tobias Ellwood

Cross Question with Iain Dale

Joining Iain Dale on Cross Question this evening is Labour MP Rebecca Long-Bailey, historian and Telegraph columnist Simon Heffer, political commentator and columnist for the i newspaper Yasmin Al-Alibhai -Brown & Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood.

51mins

25 May 2021

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Chapter 120 : Simon Heffer on the ‘Chips’ Channon Diaries

Iain Dale’s Book Club

Iain Dale talks to Simon Heffer about the publication of the first volume of the Diaries of Sir Henry ‘Chip’ Channon.

1hr 7mins

5 Mar 2021

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CROSS QUESTIONS RETURNS: Lucy Frazer, Jonathan Reynolds, Mary Beard & Simon Heffer

Cross Question with Iain Dale

CROSS QUESTIONS RETURNS: Lucy Frazer (Justice Minister and Conservative MP for South East Cambridgeshire), Jonathan Reynolds (Shadow Work & Pensions Secretary and Labour MP for Stalybridge and Hyde), Mary Beard (Classicist, broadcaster and feminist campaigner) & Simon Heffer (Historian and Columnist)

52mins

16 Sep 2020

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