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Victor Grayson

The Man and the Mystery



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Victor Grayson by David Clark
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Victor Grayson's life may have been short but it was certainly action-packed. Born in the slums of Liverpool, a bright lad, he served an engineering apprenticeship before becoming captivated by religion. He began preaching in non-conformist churches before training as a Unitarian minister and attending Manchester University. His interest switched to politics and, in 1907, aged 25, he shook the British Establishment when he won the Colne Valley by-election as a socialist with active support from the Suffragettes.The 1910 election saw him lose his seat but split the Labour Party in the process. He then married an actress, travelled to Australia and New Zealand, where he joined the Anzac Forces and sailed for France. Wounded at Passchendaele, he was invalided out of the army. In 1918, his wife died tragically giving birth to their second daughter.Victor's lifestyle became even more luxurious before, one afternoon in September 1920, he walked out of his apartment and disappeared. Despite many reported sightings, his disappearance remains a mystery.

Author Biography

David Clark has been a cabinet minister and member of the House of Commons for over 25 years, including as MP for Colne Valley. He is currently a Labour Life Peer. He is also Visiting Professor of History and Politics at the University of Huddersfield, and has taught previously at Manchester and Salford Universities. He is the author of The Industrial Manager, Colne Valley: Radicalism to Socialism, We Do Not Want the Earth: History of the South Shields Labour Party and The Labour Movement in Westmorland, Voices from Labour's Past.
Release date NZ
June 15th, 2016
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Quartet Books
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