What did Winston Churchill Think About Writing A Book

Evan Swensen
2 min readJun 15, 2019
Winston Churchill said, “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” Will Histoy be kind to you?

Winston Churchill, the prime minister of the British Empire during World War Two, must have liked writing books. He wrote forty-seven of them.

Many people are familiar with his four-volume work called

A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, first published from1956–1958.

He was awarded a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. The reasons were “ . . . his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values.”

But did he really likewriting? What did Churchill really think about writing a book?

One of his better-known comments is:

“Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.”

In other words, Churchill the writer was like any other author. He wrote anyway. He knew how his feelings about the project would vary. And he knew how the book would turn out — with writing The End, and throwing it out to a waiting readership.

I can only empathize, after publishing a couple of books myself. Our authors certainly empathize. You can read some of their stories in Becoming a Published Author.

Now you know what Churchill really thought about writing a book. And he kept writing anyway.

We hope you do the same.



Evan Swensen

Book publisher, editor, author, Author Masterminds charter member, founder of Readers and Writers Book Club, and bush pilot.