Clementine Churchill The Biography of a Marriage eBook


Clementine Churchill The Biography of a Marriage Clementine Churchill — shy passionate and high strung — shunned publicity but was in the limelight throughout her adult life As a young woman her character intelligence and good looks won the attention of the impetuous Winston Churchill Their courtship was swift but their marriage proved immensely strong spanning many of the major events of the twentieth century Written with affection and candor by the Churchills’ daughter Mary Soames this revised and updated biography of a lionhearted couple’s life together is not only of historic interest but deeply moving A fascinating and long biography of Clementine Churchill wife of Winston Churchill by her youngest daughter Mary Soames The life she lived with Winston for 57 years was uite incredible and their love for each other for that same length of time was strong and tender She was 91 when she died 11 years after her husband I had a vague knowledge of the life of Winston Churchill but knew nothing of Clemmie I found this a really good autobiography and was constantly referring to the family tree at the front of the book as names came and went Highly recommended A comprehensive biography of a woman whose marriage thrust her into the spotlight throughout her life and into the history books forever Clementine Hozier was born in 1885 the second daughter born into a very stormy marriage It's unlikely that her mother's husband was actually her father and Clementine was largely raised by her mother amid ongoing custody disputes with the man she believed to be her father Tragically her elder sister Kitty died as a teenager just leaving Clementine and her younger twin siblings Bill and Nellie who were born in 1888 In 1904 she met Winston Churchill at a party He was already well known for his war stories and publications but did not make a good impression on Clementine who he found to be beautiful and distinctive It wasn't until four years later that they met again and finally hit it off and were married in 1908 The couple had five children together and for the whole of their life Clementine devoted herself to Winston often to the point of exhaustion and illness During her husband's time as Prime Minister during World War II she served as a tireless source of support wisdom advice and a true champion of multiple social causes of her own She passed away in 1977 at the age of 92This is uite a detailed account of Clementine's life and the author spent considerable amounts of time pouring over numerous documents to write it In particular the thousands of letters exchanged between Clementine and her husband Winston served as an invaluable resource in piecing together Clementine's thoughts on a number of events In reading Clementine's story the reader naturally gets much of Winston's as well as their lives were so deeply intertwined for most of their livesThis biography is written by Clementine's youngest daughter Mary This provides a uniue advantage in that the author is able to have easy access to family members friends and her own memories when writing her mother's biography and can provide her own description of her mother Additionally her mother approved of the writing of this book and even reviewed and edited the early chapters at the end of her life On the other hand having been written by a daughter does make me uestion the objectivity somewhat Little true detail is shared about the author's siblings' lives with difficulties and issues only referred to Similarly controversial topics such as Clementine's destruction of a portrait of Winston are presented as a defense of her mother rather than an outlining of events Similarly the family's collective outrage at Winston's physician publishing a book about his health history is felt in the author's passionate attempt to set the record straight I think it should be on record that my father was never ungrateful for nor unmindful of Charles Moran's devoted service to him 557 However overall I felt Soames' biography to be as objective and thorough as possible and admired her ability to provide such a full portrait of her mother's life both the good and the bad Clementine was passionate hard working and could be antisocial and prickly at times She was known for flying into a rage and abruptly leaving the diner tablepartyhouse if provoked But she was also a devoted and loving partner to her Winston and toiled endlessly for the benefit of her country and to do what she felt to be right Winston had no secrets from her She never in fifty seven years betrayed that trust by deed or sign or word 107 A moving and personal account of a woman who played a pivotal role in the history of Britain and indeed the world This book is the story of Clementine Churchill wife of the legendary Winston Churchill written by their daughter If follows Clementine until she marries Churchill and then follows both of them as a dual biography and works in the the story of their children It is an insightful look into the lives the Churchill's Their legacy and impact on the 20th century was huge and understanding them and their times is worthwhile A couple random things that stood out to me the suffragettes were surprisingly annoying with some of their outrageous behavior Clementine had a rich suitor for four years that she accepted his friendship a flower a day his gifts traveled with him But never loved him How sad for him Clementine while close to her husband and at times close to her children as they became adults had few close relationships with anyone outside of Winston How sad Winston and his life filled Clementine's whole existence and when she was well and in good form she neither desired nor needed other companions or distraction But when she was low and fretted and her batteries needed recharging it was often difficult to find a good solution As her daughters grew up she turned to each one and found company and companionship But daughters soon have their own lives careers husbands and children Clementine's diffidence in personal relationships made her hesitate to propose herself to other people because she was to shy and could not bring herself to to be a little natural and carefree in her approach Thus in a life full of people she knew much lonelinessThis book is a biography of not merely the facts about these people but it records their emotional relationship as found in their letters and through the eyes of their daughter This subject was not really something that I caughtor saw growing up My last serious relationship showed me how much I needed to learn in this area and seeing how Winston and Clementine found in each other such rest and assurance was educational While the author portrays her parents in a overall positive light she also notes their flaws as people and relationships This is not hagiography Eye opening

  • Paperback
  • 704 pages
  • Clementine Churchill The Biography of a Marriage
  • Mary Soames
  • English
  • 09 October 2015
  • 9780618267323

About the Author: Mary Soames

Mary Soames Baroness Soames LG DBE FRSL was the youngest of the five children of Winston Churchill and his wife Clementine She was the wife of Christopher SoamesMary Spencer Churchill was raised at Chartwell and educated at the Manor House at Limpsfield She worked for the Red Cross and the Women's Voluntary Service from 1939 to 1941 and joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service in 1941 wit


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