Peter Hennessey

Fellow of the British Academy, was educated at grammar school in Stroud, St John’s, Cambridge, the LSE, and was Kennedy Scholar, Harvard 1971-2. He is Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary, University of London. He was a journalist for twenty years with spells on The Times, The Financial Times and The Economist and as a presenter of the BBC Radio 4 Analysis programme. He sits as an independent crossbench Peer in the House of Lords as Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield. His many books include Distilling the Frenzy: Writing the History of One’s Own Times (one of IoS Books of the Year 2012) Having It So Good (winner of Orwell Prize 2007), and The Secret State (2002), His personal essay The Establishment and Meritocracy (dedicated to the memory of Michael Foot) was published in 2014