Join Simon Heffer as he discusses the latest volume in his critically acclaimed history of modern Britain.

Drawing heavily on original material – letters, diaries, official papers – Simon’s new book follows Britain’s path from the day the fatal shots were fired at Sarajevo in June 1914 to the moment the guns finally fell silent on 11 November 1918.

The Great War evokes images of barbed wire and mud-filled trenches, and of the carnage of the Somme and Passchendaele, but it also prompted change on the home front on an almost revolutionary scale.

In his hugely ambitious and deeply researched new book, Simon explores how Britain was drawn into this slaughter, and was then transformed to fight a war in which, at times, its very future seemed in question.

Simon Heffer was born in 1960. He read English at Cambridge and took a PhD in modern history at that university. His previous books include: Moral Desperado: A

Life of Thomas Carlyle, Like the Roman: The Life of Enoch Powell, Power and Place: The Political Consequences of King Edward VII, Nor Shall My Sword: The Reinvention of England, Vaughan Williams, Strictly English, A Short History of Power, Simply English and High Minds: The Victorians and the Birth of Modern Britain. In a thirty-year career in Fleet Street, he has held senior editorial positions on The Daily Telegraph and The Spectator, and is now a columnist for The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph.

 “A brilliant history: The first serious and really wide-ranging history of the Home Front during the Great War for decades. Scholarly, objective and extremely well-written. Filled with surprising revelations and empathy. A remarkable intellectual and literary achievement.” – Andrew Roberts, 5*, Telegraph

Staring at God is a vast compendium of atrocious political conduct. Refreshing.

A trenchant history.” – Gerard De Groot, The Times

“A magisterial history” – Melanie McDonagh, Daily Mail

“Enlightening. Robust, an eye for the telling detail and a gift for bringing historical figures alive […] An epic, ambitious book.” – Daily Mail, Books of the Year

“Fresh insights, vast scope and caustic judgement. Possibly the finest, most comprehensive analysis of the home front in the Great War ever produced. Compelling reading.” – Literary Review