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Roy Hattersley returns to Chatto & Windus

9th July 2010

Author and former politician Roy Hattersley has returned to publisher Chatto & Windus ahead of the release of a new book.

Hattersley will publish The Devonshires of England through the company. The firm previously released the writer's memoir A Yorkshire Boyhood in 1983.

In the new book, the author will trace the history of the Cavendish family and the first eight Dukes of Devonshire, who were instrumental in the fortunes of England between 1381 and 1906.

The work will also tell the stories of the servants and workers who helped the Cavendish family to grow in power and wealth through developments such as dockyards, laboratories and holiday resorts.

Clara Farmer, editorial director of Chatto & Windus, said that The Devonshires of England is 'brilliantly researched', after Hattersley was granted unique access to the archives held at the family's seat, Chatsworth House.

'Whereas previous books on the Devonshires have dealt with one or two key figures, Roy audaciously plans to gather the dynasty in one place: an astonishing accumulation of scientists, soldiers, patrons, politicians, house builders, racehorse breeders, philanderers and powerful women,' she commented.

Last year, Hattersley's dog Buster, star of one of his earlier literary offerings, passed away. The author crafted a memoir based on the dog - Buster's Diaries - in 1998 and later wrote a tribute piece in the Daily Mail detailing his loss.

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