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Clementine Churchill

4.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  81 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Clementine, Lady Spencer-Churchill died in 1979, aged 92. Instantly recognizable as the seemingly serene, cool and derached wife of Winston Churchill she had nonetheless shunned publicity throughout her life. In this biography her daughter, Mary Soames, throws light on her mother, writing of Clementine's 57-year marriage to Winston, her strongly held political views and a ...more
Hardcover, 640 pages
Published June 1st 1979 by Littlehampton Book Services Ltd
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May 12, 2016 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating perspective on Clementine Churchill - the completely overshadowed wife of Winston, yet was a singular force of strength and comfort to this powerful, consuming public figure.

The author Soames steadily treks through this woman's life, how Clementine's outlook on life developed during a stressful childhood, for example, and how she and her famous politician husband had points in common and interests that diverged.

If one wants to read yet another book to understand Winston himself, th
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 surprisi
Mar 03, 2016 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Found this to be a fascinating biography of Winston's wife. Without her, he would not have been the great man history knows. She saw in him his grievous flaws and found ways to save him from himself. Much like the Franklin Roosevelts, most of their children were sacrificed to the demands of history. Clementine, an unloved child who never really knew who her father, did not make a great mother, but she was a true partner to Winston in more direct and intimate ways than have been revealed in earli ...more
Jul 18, 2016 Kolumbina rated it really liked it
A comprehensive book on life, marriage and governing of Winston Churchill and his wife Clementine Churchill. A very rich book, full of original letters between Winston and Clementine, a lot of political facts, history, family life, finances...
Clementine Churchill was a great companion to Winston C., great PM's wife (should be an example to current PM's wives around the world), a very ambitious person who did a lot of very positive things for societies, for art, for women, countries damaged by t
Lynn Mcdonald
Mar 19, 2016 Lynn Mcdonald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An exceptional biography consisting of magical back and forth letters between the Churchill's. A vivid incite into an intimate relationship of the complicated lives of the famous. The book can be pick up now and now and it never has to end!
Jun 03, 2016 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well researched biography of the marriage of Clementine and Winston Churchill. Soames provides vivid incites into the family life and legacy of the Churchill's and their progeny. A modern marriage in many ways, Clementine found time for herself and at the same time assisted in helping Churchill rise to power while quieting the lesser qualities of his enormous personality.
May 27, 2016 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In depth look into the marriage of this power couple and how C contributed to W's life and work.
Apr 12, 2015 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with anything English this book was wordy and tedious but the story and history was wonderful.
Mar 26, 2014 Corrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most remarkable and inspirational books I have read recently.
Robert Davidson
Mar 12, 2015 Robert Davidson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating insights into a marriage written by Winston and Clementine's daughter who did not gloss over their "Ups and downs". Clementine was a strong character in her own right and had great perception of people encountered through their life. History may have turned out differently if he had married someone else.
Nov 03, 2009 Mandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was really interesting. I got a good little bit of British history, a really touching love story (yes there are rumors of the affairs but I chose to not think about them while reading this), and learned a bit about Winston Churchill. I would recommend it!
Andrea Young
Nov 01, 2007 Andrea Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book about Winston and Clemmie because it is mostly their letters to each other, edited and commented on by their daughter. A very personal look at THE MAN. Loved it.
Cecilia Chiolero
May 19, 2014 Cecilia Chiolero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was very interesting. It also gives an insight of how people in power lived, especially at the beginning of last century. Very detailed, but pleasant to read.
May 15, 2010 Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is put together through the letters of Clemmie and Winston. It is really personal. I like it. Makes me want to write more to my fam.
May 18, 2010 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting, it tells a lot of history of course, but easy to read. clementine was an admirable woman,
Jun 24, 2012 Ash marked it as wishlist  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 20, 2014 Rhona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this. Stayed up late into the night to finish.
Nov 11, 2013 Noel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After a while got bored reading who she had lunch with.
Carol Simpson
Jan 28, 2013 Carol Simpson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Jan 18, 2008 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a bear - may take awhile
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