I'm an author, journalist, playwright and contemporary historian. I edit Third Age Matters, the national magazine for older people published by the University of the Third Age, and am working on my eighteenth book, about Tony Blair's activities since he left Downing Street.

My latest play The London Spring ran for three weeks at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden Town at the start of 2012. My first play, The Sons of Catholic Gentlemen, won the annual Independent Radio Drama Productions award. My second, third and fourth plays all had runs at good London fringe venues, and two of them are now published by Samuel French - Money Makes You Happy and The Right Honourable Lady.

My latest play requires a cast entirely in their sixties. It's called Whatever Happened to Rick Marks, or The Spirit of 1968.

Books include what is still the most up-to-date biography of Clement Attlee (Politicos.) I edited Haus Publishing's series of short lives, The 20 Prime Ministers of the Twentieth Century, and wrote the volume on Macmillan myself.

What Did the Baby Boomers Ever Do For Us? "returns Sixties mythology to history. The mirror Beckett holds up to the recent past is smeared with the suffering of young people today" according to Laurie Penny in the New Statesman. Dominic Sandbrook wrote in BBC History Magazine: "Grey-haired hippies will read this book and shudder; the rest of us, though, will read it for the splendid stories and shafts of insight."


You can contact me by email here.

My Website: http://www.francisbeckett.co.uk