Gospatric Home was educated at Loretto School, Edinburgh. He read Modern History at Oxford after first spending two years in the Army as a National Service Officer in The Royal Fusiliers in the Korean War and then in the Suez Canal Zone and the Sudan and subsequently serving for 13 years in the territorial army.
He entered magazine publishing in Fleet Street, London in 1957 training as a journalist before switching to the commercial side. He was appointed General Manager of United Trade Press in 1960. In 1969 he joined the International Publishing Corporation in its business press division and later became its International Publishing Director. He went on from there to become Managing Director of the hobby magazine company within Argus Press PLC.
In 1985 having developed this company's exhibitions and launched new specialist exhibitions he negotiated a management buy out of one of them, the Christian Resources Exhibition, and from this base built a company in other sectors as well with major national and international exhibitions serving Christian Churches, Schools, Libraries, Market research and the natural stone industry.
He also co-founded London and Quadrant Housing Trust with the Rev. Nicolas Stacey in 1963. This is now the largest housing association in London and the south east. Married with three children and five grandchildren he has sold all the exhibitions he started and now lives in retirement in the Chilterns.
William Wilberforce: The Life of the Great Anti-slave Trade Campaigner
Author - William Hague
Hardback (04 June 2007)
Publisher: Harper Collins
William Wilberforce - The Life of the Great anti-Slave Campaigner
Wilberforce in the last year of his life by George Richmond. Maybe seeing his kindly face so early in my own life sparked of my curiosity about this great man? But in 2007 the renewed interest in the bicentenary year of Parliament abolishing the slave trade together with some personal involvement in the events surrounding it fully awakened my enthusiasm for this remarkable man. And this was fully achieved when I had the pleasure of attending an erudite and stimulating lecture by William Hague in the Bank of England on the subject of his excellent biography of Wilberforce.
This is as definitive and intimate a biography as you could ever wish to read. Written by one Yorkshire politician about another it brings out in great and fascinating detail the immense qualities of a man who put the cause for which he effectively gave his life prematurely through the ill health it cost him before all else.
Instead of resting on the life of relative ease and comfort into which he was born he built up a network of friends and relations, including William Pitt the Younger, and by creating a base in Holy Trinity Church on Clapham Common he had the sustaining support and encouragement from his relations and friends to carry on a twenty year campaign against huge vested interests that were involved in the evil of slavery.
To voluntarily enter upon such a struggle was in itself extraordinary but what is so interesting about William Hague's treatment of the story is the insight he brings as a contemporary politician who has had his own struggles and setbacks despite his teenage start at a Conservative Party Conference. He shows in particular how it was Wilberforce's own conviction and faith which allowed him to hold on to his independence and beliefs at a time when war, revolution and social upheaval predominated.
It is curious that this scholarly and intimate study of such a courageous man should be published at a time when so many parliamentarians are putting their personal and political advantage before principle. No man put mankind above party and results before personal ambition than William Wilberforce and this biography is all the more enthralling for the message it sends to us all. This is a profound book which sets a marker for anyone who has the will, the mind and the determination to walk in Wilberforce's footsteps.
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