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Christopher Catherwood is a British author based in Cambridge, England and, often, in Richmond, Virginia. He has taught for the Institute of Continuing Education based a few miles away in Madingley and has taught for many years for the School of Continuing Education at the University of Richmond. He has been associated each summer with the University of Richmond's History Department, where he is its annual summer Writer in Residence, and where most of his recent books have been written. [1]



He was born on March 1st 1955. He was educated at Westminster School, Balliol College, Oxford, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge and the University of East Anglia.[2] Since 1994 has been linked to St Edmund's College, Cambridge.[3].

In 2001 he was a Rockefeller Fellow at the University of Virginia's Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy, and in 2002 was briefly a consultant to the British Cabinet Office's former Strategic Futures Team of their Performance and Innovation Unit.

He currently teaches students from Tulane, Villanova, Wake Forest and other American universities in the Cambridge-based INSTEP program, teaching 20th century history and also church history.[4] He is a Key Supervisor for the JYA Programme at Homerton College, Cambridge.[5] and is an SCR Associate of Churchill College, Cambridge, at which college he was the Archives By-Fellow for Lent Term 2008 for his work on Winston Churchill and the Second World War.[6]

In 2002 he was a consultant to the Strategic Futures Team of British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

He has been a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society. For his religious and historical non-fiction work he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2005.

In December 2008 he appeared as a cameo character in the online novel Corduroy Mansions by Alexander McCall Smith, who wrote a positive review of his book on Churchill's creation of Iraq in the New York Times.[7][8]

Family background

Christopher Catherwood is the son of Sir Frederick Catherwood (former Vice-President of the European Parliament), and maternal grandson of the preacher Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. He is married to Paulette; a piano teacher, daughter of the late Reverend John S. Moore, for many years the editor of the Virginia Baptist Historical Register. He and Paulette are members of the evangelical Cambridge city centre church, St Andrew the Great.

Selected works

  • Five Evangelical Leaders (Hodder and Stoughton in the UK and for Harold Shaw in the U.S.)
  • Martyn Lloyd-Jones A Family Portrait (Kingsway in the UK and Baker Book House in the USA, 1995)
  • Why the Nations Rage (Hodder and Stoughton in the UK in 1997 and a new academic edition with Rowman & Littlefield in the USA in 2002)
  • A Crash Course in Church History (Hodder and Stoughton in the UK 1997 and new edition in the USA with Crossway 2007)
  • Five Leading Reformers (CFP 2000)
  • The Balkans in World War II (Palgrave 2003)
  • Christians, Muslims, and Islamic Rage (Zondervan 2003)
  • Churchill's Folly: How Winston Churchill Created Iraq (Carroll and Graf, in the USA 2004: called Winston's Folly with Constable in the UK in 2004)[9][10][11][12]
  • A Brief History of the Middle East (Carroll and Graf in the USA and Constable in the UK, 2006)
  • A God Divided (Victor, 2007)
  • "Making War in the Name of God" (Citadel Press, 2007)


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  3. ^ See the Record of Old Westminsters ( and the Balliol Register ( and also the annual list of MAs Resident in Cambridge and newsletters from the University of East Anglia
  4. ^ See the Instep website for the lectures he gives:
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  9. ^ "Last exit from Mesopotamia". The Guardian.,10595,1360458,00.html. Retrieved 2008-07-14.  
  10. ^ For the best review of the US edition of this book see
  11. ^ See also
  12. ^ For the most significant reviews of on of the editions (now out of print - the one still in print is the paperback, see the Barnes and Noble website review of its own edition:


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