The Archbishop's Great Gatsby Daddy

He worked his way into the upper echelons of society on both sides of the Atlantic, using a series of adopted personas. But when he died of a heart attack in 1977, alone in a flat in Kensington, his only son - the person closest to him at the end of his life - did not even know his real name or birthdate.

Justin Welby, the future Archbishop of Canterbury, was only 21 years old at the time and studying law and history at Trinity College, Cambridge. He knew his father as an erratic and alcohol-dependent but “really, really brilliant” man who had lived an extraordinary life, although the true details were unclear.

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