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Dr Seth Alexander Thevoz is a freelance historian and journalist. He holds degrees from the Universities of Cambridge, London and Warwick, and is a former research associate of the History of Parliament Trust and Nuffield College, Oxford. He has variously been shortlisted for the Whitfield Prize for his first book, Club Government, and a British Journalism Award for his investigative work with openDemocracy. Since 2013, he has been Librarian of the National Liberal Club in London. He has been known to contribute to Private Eye in some capacity or another, allegedly.http://www.sethalexanderthevoz.com/


Praise for Club Government: A fascinating forensic study of the period's networks of power. -- Ian Hislop, Editor, Private Eye
Praise for Club Government: We are in Seth Thevoz's debt for this splendid book, at once a scholarly work and an insider's account. -- Professor Eugenio Biagini, Cambridge University
Praise for Club Government: This definitive study shows how smart London clubs played a crucial role in shaping mid-Victorian politics . . . Presenting a wealth of new evidence, he has produced a tour de force of scholarship. -- Dr Piers Brendon, former Keeper of the Churchill Archives and author of The Decline and Fall of the British Empire
Praise for Club Government: Skilful presentation as well as uniquely well-informed content. -- Sir Peter Newsam, former Director of the Institute of Education, London University
Praise for Club Government: Magisterial. -- Professor Sunny Singh, novelist
Praise for Club Government: Seth Thevoz has undertaken the most comprehensive and rational analysis of the part clubs played and how they were enabled to do so. He has demystified some of the aura that Trollope and Disraeli tried to create around clubland. * Journal of Liberal History *
Praise for Club Government: Dr Thevoz's scholarly and readable book is an outstanding and important contribution to our understanding of politics in nineteenth-century Britain. * Sherlock Holmes Journal *
Praise for Club Government: Compelling and detailed. -- David Palfreyman, author of London's Pall Mall Clubs

Praise for Club Government: Excellent . . . a carefully sourced study . . . It's an easy and educative read from someone who not only researches (and then writes) well, but whose understanding of what drives politicians to do what they do is weaved throughout the book.

* Liberator *

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