Peter Hennessy, Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield, is a non-party crossbench peer and Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary, University of London. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2003. He spent twenty years as a journalist for the THES, The Times, Financial Times and The Economist, amongst others. He is the author of several books, including Never Again: Britain, 1945-51, which was awarded the Duff Cooper Prize and NCR Book Award for Non-Fiction (precursor of the Samuel Johnson Prize) in 1993, and his most recent book Distilling the Frenzy: Writing the History of one’s own times. He was a regular presenter of the BBC Radio 4 Analysis programme from 1987 to 1992. In 1986 he co-founded the Institute of Contemporary British History.