Books

In between everything else in life, Neil and I have both written books. If you would like to order copies personally inscribed to you at less than the published price (inc p&p), please email me at info@christinehamilton.co.uk. You can pay via PAYPAL to the same email address.   If you do not have a PAYPAL account then please send me an email with all your details and I will sort it out from there – cheques are fine – until they get phased out!

PRICES – including p&p

Battleaxes – £8

For Better For Worse – £15

Great Political Eccentrics – £ 15

‘FOR BETTER FOR WORSE’ – My autobiography

Published in March 2005 by Robson Books. I have to be honest – if I had known what hard work and how time consuming it would be I might never have started! But I did and it`s all there – early life, love life, politics, scandal, legal battles, arrest, Louis Theroux, Jungle – I hope you enjoy reading it – it`s been a lot of effort!

‘BOOK OF BRITISH BATTLEAXES’ – Christine Hamilton knows a Battleaxe when she sees one!! But those expecting the sour stereotype – irascible, granite-featured, humourless harridans – are in for a sparkling surprise. This bevy of British battleaxes brims with bonhomie and wit.

Christine acquired media celebrity for her feisty support of her husband, Neil, during the 1997 General Election campaign. Descriptions of her ranged from the insulting to the admiring; from `the Wife from Hell` to `Battling Lioness`. Lampooned in articles and cartoons as a ferocious Battleaxe, she also aroused great admiration for her courage and chutzpah.

Inspired by her own caricature, she has written a highly entertaining and witty book; a colourful cornucopia of belligerent British belles who have enlivened the pages of history and, more recently, the headlines of the popular press.

Her star-studded cast ranges from Queens Boadicea to Victoria; from Nancy Astor (`Of course I married beneath me; all women do.`) to Margaret Thatcher (`Every Prime Minister needs a Willie`); from Joan Collins to Violet Carson; from Dame Irene Ward (who told Hitler `What absolute bosh you are talking`) to Bessie Braddock; from Baroness Trumpington to Cynthia Payne & Edwina Currie; and from Barbara Cartland (`A man should not be a virgin on his wedding night. You want one person who knows what he is doing.`) to Claire Rayner (`I`m five foot nine and built like a bus. What can I do about it? Bugger all`).

The popular image of the Battleaxe, a term current since about 1910, was of an elderly, resentful, vociferous woman, thoroughly unpleasant, arrogant and certainly no beauty. This Bevy of British Battleaxes defies such sour description. Written with the same sparkle and humour which so many of Christine Hamilton`s subjects display it is – mostly! – an affectionate and admiring, celebration of that special something which sets certain formidable women apart. Long may they battle on!

NEIL HAMILTON’S  `GREAT POLITICAL ECCENTRICS` – A cornucopia of Curious and Colourful Characters from over 250 years of political life!

‘The trouble with political jokes is that too many of them get elected. Here are some that did and some that didn`t. And some who didn`t need to, as they sat in the world`s most eccentric legislative Chamber, the House of Lords.

Some colourful eccentrics, like John Wilkes, established our basic liberties. Curbingd the arbitrary power claimed by George III, he combined politics, obscenity and debauchery in the Hellfire Club. He was outlawed and expelled from the Commons three times and when told he “would die either on the gallows or of the pox” replied, “that depends on whether I embrace your principles or your mistress”.

Others are amusing relics like Col. Sibthorp, the most reactionary MP ever – who successfully opposed the granting of £50,000 a year to Prince Albert because he hated foreigners. He opposed Catholics, railways, public libraries, building of sewers – and the Great Exhibition of 1851, because foreign tourists would threaten London with an epidemic of plague.

The 4th Earl Russell told the Lords in 1978 that Jimmy Carter and Mr Brezhnev were the same person and called for the police and the army to be abolished. Lt. Cdr. Bill Boaks, leader of the “Air, Road, Public Safety, Democratic Monarchist White Resident Party” lost more deposits than anyone else in history – apart from Screaming Lord Sutch. Col. A.D. Wintle`s 1945 manifesto declared: “Guy Fawkes was the last man to enter Parliament with good intentions. You need another like me to carry on his good work.”

A. P. Herbert was the only MP ever known to have sung a speech in the Commons. He also specialised in making speeches in verse and even corresponded with the Inland Revenue in rhyming couplets.

Sir Nicholas Fairbairn was the most eccentric Tory MP 1974-95 (his “Who`s Who” recreations included “making love, ends meet and people laugh”). He said characteristically, “I was born in the year Hitler came to power, although he wasn`t as good a painter as I was” and was attracted to marriage as an institution because “when you turn over in bed you remember who you`re with – and you don`t have to get up at dawn and get out!”

Perhaps the most eccentric MP of all was Trebitsch Lincoln. Born into a Jewish family in Hungary in 1879, he became a fraudster, emigrated to Britain and became first an Anglican curate and then a Liberal MP for ten months. Following this he fled the country, became a German revolutionary and secret agent and then a Buddhist abbot, leading a Chinese cult. In World War II he offered his services first to the Japanese and secondly Nazi Germany, finally ending his life in Shanghai perhaps poisoned by Nazi agents!

These and many more in this hilarious book illustrate why Britain is the world`s leading political asylum.

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