In Speaking for Themselves, Mary Soames shares personal letters between her parents, Sir Winston and Lady Clementine Churchill.
The correspondence extends from their early days of courtship in 1908 to Winston’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 words of mutual support and encouragement that span Winston Churchill’s career.
Winston and Clementine
It was lockdown, and I was short of a book to read. One night I picked up the fat paperback volume of letters that I had ordered from Amazon (yes, I know, but where else could I buy a 1999 paperback...Read more