Scope and Contents
Papers relating to a biography of Alec Douglas-Home, comprising a manuscript of the book with drafts, notes, correspondence, transcripts of interviews, press cuttings and copies of original documents.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
Biographical / Historical
Richard Thorpe was born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, 12 March 1943, the son of Cyril Thorpe and Mary Avison. He was educated at Fettes College, Edinburgh, 1956-61, and Selwyn College, Cambridge, 1962-5.
He taught history at Charterhouse School, 1965-97. He was Archives Fellow Commoner, Churchill College, Cambridge, 1986, and Alistair Horne Fellow, St Antony's College, Oxford, 1997-8. He is a Senior Member, Brasenose College, Oxford, 1998-. He is an historian and biographer of modern British political figures.
His publications include: "The Uncrowned Prime Ministers" (1980); "Selwyn Lloyd" (1989); "Alec Douglas-Home" (1996); and "Eden: the Life and Times of Anthony Eden, First Earl of Avon, 1897-1977" (2003).