I have just finished this large, 500 page biography of William Wilberforce. William hague, the author, is an MP in the British Houses of Parliament and former leader of the Conservative Party. He represents Yorkshire (as did William Wilberforce) and this is Hague’s second major work. His first was a biography of William Pitt the Younger, friend and contemporary of Wilberforce as well as Englands youngest Prime Minister. His first book was excellent and this is equally good. Of course, if you have seen the film Amazing Grace then you may feel you need not read the biography – wrong! Hague shows the depth of faith which Wilberforce had – the struggles of spear heading the abolition movement and the intense humility of the man, as well as his integrity.
Hague truly unpacks Wilberforce – in a very thorough manner and this book is well worth the journey and time. Hague is turning into an accomplished historian / biographer – I wonder who he will tackle next!!