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Speaking For Themselves The Private Letters Of Sir Winston And Lady Churchill by Mary Soames
  

Speaking For Themselves The Private Letters Of Sir Winston And Lady Churchill

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Speaking For Themselves The Private Letters Of Sir Winston And Lady Churchill by Mary Soames

The fascinating, insightful and often moving correspondence between Sir Winston and Lady Clementine Churchill extends from their early days of innocent courtship in 1908 to Winston Churchill's death in 1965. The letters serve not only as a chronicle of their personal achievements and tragedies over the years, but also as a political and social history. In their own words, Winston and Clementine recount some of the most momentous events of the twentieth century: the sinking of the Titanic, the abdication of King Edward VIII, the downfall of governments, the Depression, and two world wars. Here are harrowing first-hand accounts from the battlefields of 1915, reflections on political triumphs and upsets, as well as domestic minutiae, foreign travel, revelations of social scandals and, above all, words of mutual support and encouragement that span the career of one of Britain's most revered statesmen. Speaking for Themselves is not only an important historical document, it is a love story and an intimate, charming and often surprising insight into one of the century's most successful marriages. Mary Soames is perfectly placed to select and comment upon this vast collection of letters. And in her introduction and notes she complements the letters with explanatory notes, biographical details and her own personal recollections.

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The record of a remarkably enduring marriage * The Scotsman * Lady Soames, the Churchills
sole surviving child

... has edited these letters with great skill, providing a lively commentary and vivid pen portraits of supporting characters -- Piers Brendon * Mail on Sunday * We expect the correspondence of Winston Churchill and his wife, Clementine, to be interesting... and still these letters can astonish: in their scope; in the way their individual brilliance is sustained day by day and year upon year * Sunday Telegraph * A fascinating aid to our understanding of an extraordinary couple -- John Grigg * Spectator *


About the Author

Mary Soames is the youngest and only surviving child of Winston and Clementine Churchill. She was born in 1922 and brought up at Chartwell in Kent. In 1941, aged eighteen, she joined the ATS and served in mixed anti-aircraft batteries in England and Europe. She accompanied her father as his ADC on several of his wartime overseas journeys. In 1945 she was awarded the MBE (military). In 1947 she married Captain Christopher Soames, Coldstream Guards, later Lord Soames, PC, GCMG, CH. She has also written her mother's biography, Clementine Churchill and edited Speaking For Themselves, the personal letters between her parents.

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Publication date

1st August 1999

Author

Mary Soames

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Publisher

Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback
768 pages

Categories

Autobiography: historical, political & military

ISBN

9780552997508

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