Life, Lust and Liquor: How House of Cards Wrote Itself

House of cards book cover
Book talk
Date: 
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time: 
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Location: 
Ginn Library, Reading Room
Michael Dobbs in a garden

Michael Dobbs, Lord Dobbs of Wylye, is Britain's best-known political novelist and an active member of the House of Lords. He has enjoyed a ringside seat on many historic occasions. He was with Margaret Thatcher when she walked into Downing Street as Prime Minister and was with John Major when 18 years later he was kicked out.

He was the UK Conservative Party's Chief-of-Staff and later its Deputy Chairman. He has also been a current affairs presenter for the BBC, a newspaper columnist, and deputy chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi. Somewhere along the way he picked up a doctorate in nuclear defense studies from Fletcher. 

In the House of Lords he concentrates on European, foreign and constitutional affairs and introduced the first EU Referendum Bill into the House.

He is the author of House of Cards, the hugely popular political novel that through Netflix has become a global television sensation. He has also written four award-winning novels about Winston Churchill.

He has been described as 'Westminster's baby-faced hit man' and 'a man who in Latin America would have been shot'.