Ferdinand Mount was editor of the Times Literary Supplement 1991-2002 and head of the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit 1982-4. He is a former political correspondent of The Spectator and a columnist for the Sunday Times. His novel, Of Love and Asthma, part of a six-volume sequence A Chronicle of Modern Twilight, won the Hawthornden Prize in 1994. More recently, he is the author of a bestselling memoir, Cold Cream, and The Tears of the Rajas: Mutiny, Money and Marriage in India 1805-1905. His latest book is Prime Movers: From Pericles to Gandhi, twelve great political thinkers and what’s wrong with each of them.