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Christopher Hull

Senior Lecturer in Spanish and Latin American Studies, University of Chester

Chris's third non-fiction book 'Alchemy' (2022) is the bittersweet story of legendary partnership Brian Clough & Peter Taylor’s first steps towards football management immortality at struggling Hartlepools United near the bottom of the Football League.

His mini-biography about Graham Greene and Cuba 'Our Man Down in Havana' was published in 2019. It analyses the British writer’s pre- and post-revolutionary visits to the Caribbean island, his iconic 1958 espionage novel 'Our Man in Havana' (and its 1959 film version), his wartime experience in MI6 and fictional portrayal of British intelligence, and views on Fulgencio Batista’s U.S.-backed dictatorship and Fidel Castro’s Communist Revolution.

Chris’s doctoral research focused on the subject of Anglo-Cuban relations (1898–1964), the subject of his first book 'British Diplomacy and U.S. Hegemony in Cuba, 1898-1964'. He continues to be interested in diplomatic (or international) history, especially Anglo-American interactions concerning Latin America.


  • 2013–present
    Senior Lecturer in Spanish and Latin American Studies, University of Chester, UK


  • 2009 
    University of Nottingham, PhD
  • 2001 
    Newcastle University, MLitt


  • 2022
    Alchemy: Brian Clough & Peter Taylor at Hartlepools United, The History Press
  • 2019
    Our Man Down in Havana: The Story Behind Graham Greene’s Cold War Spy Novel, Pegasus
  • 2013
    British Diplomacy and US Hegemony in Cuba, 1898–1964 , Palgrave Macmillan