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STALKING THE ELEPHANT
 
A Blog About Writing Biography and Imagining a Life

FOLLOWING UP FOR A LITERARY GIANT

Paul Reid.
What could be more daunting for a writer than standing in for one of the twentieth century's most admired and popular biographers, especially when the biographer was an idol and a close friend?

Chosen to write the third and final volume of The Last Lion, the late William Manchester's biography of Winston Churchill, journalist Paul Reid set about the Herculean task of completing Manchester's magnum opus with pragmatism, humor, and some help from one of Little, Brown's most experienced editors. Reid's own literary debut takes place this month with Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965. Read "A Problem of Churchillian Proportions", the story of an unusual collaboration with a (qualified) happy ending.

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