Peregrine Worsthorne (1923-2020) was a journalist, writer and broadcaster. He was a ‘high Tory’ and a staunch defender of aristocratic government. He thought having a ruling class which was rich and hereditary was a good thing. The longer-established, the better. But his views were unpredictable and he was never dull. When asked what he wanted as his desert-island luxury, he chose LSD.
He was a leader writer and foreign correspondent for the Times from 1948-1953. In 1961 he joined the Sunday Telegraph as its first deputy editor and was editor from 1985 to 1989, remaining as a columnist until 1997. He also contributed to the New Statesman and to the online magazine The First Post. He was the author of The Socialist Myth, 1972, Tricks of Memory, 1993 and In Defence of Aristocracy, 2004. He died in October 2020, aged 96.
Interviews with Peregrine Worsthorne
History of the French Revolution
by Jules Michelet
The French Revolution
by Hippolyte Taine
Democracy in America
by Alexis de Tocqueville
Reflections on the Revolution in France
by Edmund Burke
The Complete Essays of Montaigne
Michel de Montaigne (trans. by Donald M. Frame)
by Niccolo Machiavelli
For anybody wanting to go into politics a mastery of the French Revolution is an enormous help and a knowledge of history essential, says Peregrine Worsthorne, the columnist and former editor of Britain’s Sunday Telegraph. He recommends the best books on the French Revolution, both for and against.