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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 Speaking for Themselves is not only an important historical document, it is a love story and an intimate, charming and often surprising insight into one of the century's most successful marriages.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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780552997508
ISBN-10: 0552997501
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 153mm x 57mm)
Pages: 768
Imprint: Black Swan
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 5-Aug-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


UK Kirkus Review » Winston Churchill and Clementine Hozier met for the first time at a ball in 1904, when Winston, awed by Clementine's beauty, stood dumbstruck as she was whisked on to the dance floor by an obliging beau. Their next meeting, four years later, was more successful, and thus began 61 years of remarkable complicity and almost daily correspondence. Edited by their daughter, this selection of their fascinating letters leads us intimately through the political climes of most of the 20th century, and through a rare partnership of great intellectual and emotional depths. (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - Sir Winston S. Churchill

Mary Soames (1922-2014) was the youngest child of Winston and Clementine Churchill. She was brought up at Chartwell in Kent and, aged eighteen, 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. In 1998 she edited the private correspondence between her parents, Speaking for Themselves, completely revised and updated the celebrated biography of her mother, Clementine Churchill, in 2002 and completed her own autobiography, A Daughter's Tale, in 2011.

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