He won the Nobel Prize in literature (5/20)

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As well as painting, another of Churchill’s great loves was English, which he excelled in at school, along with history. By 1895 he started to do war journalism, covering the Cuban War of Independence, the Siege of Malakand in India, the Mahdist War in Sudan, and also the second Boer War in Africa, which led to his famous escape. However it was after the Second World War after Churchill was voted out of Office during the 1945 election that Churchill returned to writing and along with a team of researchers, produced a six-volume history The Second World War (1948 – 53), which became a best-seller in the UK and I nthe USA. After another spell as Prime Minister after this, his other major work was a four-volume A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, which although started in 1937, was not published until 1956 – 58. It was in 1953 that Winston Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature – “for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values”. Churchill was a prolific writer, and it has been estimated that he wrote between eight and ten million words, producing books, newspaper articles, and even film scripts, with writing being his main source of income.

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