23 Facts About Max Hastings

1. Max Hastings announced his support for the Conservative Party at the 2010 general election, having previously voted for the Labour Party at the 1997 and 2001 general elections.

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2. Max Hastings lives in Hungerford with his second wife Penelope whom he married in 1999.

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3. Max Hastings was named Journalist of the Year and Reporter of the Year at the 1982 British Press Awards, and Editor of the Year in 1988.

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4. Max Hastings has presented historical documentaries for the BBC and is the author of many books, including Bomber Command, which earned the Somerset Maugham Award for non-fiction in 1980.

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5. Max Hastings was elected a member of the political dining society known as The Other Club in 1993.

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6. Max Hastings became a foreign correspondent and reported from more than sixty countries and eleven wars for BBC TV's Twenty-Four Hours current affairs programme and for the Evening Standard in London.

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7. Max Hastings is a former editor of the Daily Telegraph and the London Evening Standard.

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8. Max Hastings has a surviving son and daughter by his first wife, Patricia Edmondson.

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9. Max Hastings currently writes a column for the Daily Mail but often contributes articles to other publications such as The Guardian, The Sunday Times and The New York Review of Books.

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10. Max Hastings was the first journalist to enter the liberated Port Stanley during the 1982 Falklands War.

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11. Max Hastings was educated at Charterhouse School and University College, Oxford, which he left after a year.

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12. Max Hastings is one of the best contemporary military historians we have.

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13. Max Hastings hates British complacency about her military past, he hates British chauvinism, he hates Britain's patronising attitudes towards her allies, he hates Britain's love of turning retreats—Corunna, Dunkirk, Mons—into moral victories, he hates her continuing penchant for 'gesture politics', and he is damned sure that he is going to leave no treasured national myth unexploded.

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14. Max Hastings now has the largest beach-based fishing fleet in Europe.

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15. Max Hastings won a Platinum Loo of the Year Award and an Individual Attendant of the Year Award in 2013 for its public toilets at the Stade beach.

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16. Max Hastings seems to have a problem with accuracy as well as attribution.

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17. Max Hastings covered the Vietnam war as a reporter and this exhaustive flying pony who is blown on to the balcony of Max's high-rise flat during a storm.

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18. Max Hastings said he wouldn't trust him with his wife, or his wallet.

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19. Max Hastings has supported both the Conservative Party and the Labour Party.

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20. Max Hastings has a surviving son and daughter by his first wife, Patricia Edmondson, to whom he was married from 1972 until 1994.

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21. Max Hastings writes a column for the Daily Mail and often contributes articles to other publications such as The Guardian, The Sunday Times and The New York Review of Books.

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22. Max Hastings was appointed Knight Bachelor in the 2002 Birthday Honours for services to journalism.

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23. Max Hastings was the first journalist to enter Port Stanley during the 1982 Falklands War.

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