Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Lady Clementine” as Want to Read:
Lady Clementine
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Lady Clementine

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  18,152 ratings  ·  2,171 reviews
From Marie Benedict, the New York Times bestselling author of The Only Woman in the Room, comes an incredible novel that focuses on one of the people who had the most influence during World War I and World War II: Clementine Churchill.

In 1909, Clementine Churchill steps off a train with her new husband, Winston. An angry woman emerges from the crowd to attack, shoving him
Hardcover, 322 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Sourcebooks Landmark
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Lady Clementine, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Laurence Also, in 1908, you wouldn't have called her "Queen Elizabeth I" because there hadn't been a second Queen Elizabeth. Just like you wouldn't call Queen …moreAlso, in 1908, you wouldn't have called her "Queen Elizabeth I" because there hadn't been a second Queen Elizabeth. Just like you wouldn't call Queen Victoria "Queen Victoria I". It did jump out to me as well that she is far from being the longest reigning English monarch (today and in 1908 as well). Queen Victoria, for one, reigned for longer. Even if you wanted to argue that she wasn't "Queen of England" per se, there are still other Kings of England that reigned for longer (Henry III and Edward III).

I'm at page 41 and I already found at least one other historical inaccuracy. Clementine mentions that when she meets Churchill for the first time, he has voted in favour of women's suffrage as an MP. Although he did vote in favour of women's suffrage, his position on the matter was much more nuanced than that and he had been hostile to the idea at earlier in his career (he wrote in 1896 that 'only the most undesirable class of women are eager for the right [to vote]'), but was beginning to change his mind. He was also the target of violence from the suffragettes who saw him as an enemy. The way the author writes it makes it seem like he was always a great champion of women's suffrage, but that is simply revisionist history. This makes me question pretty much all of the other information we are given in this book. I get that it is a work of fiction, but it seems to me that more research (and more thorough editing!) would have been necessary.

I find it striking that there are already 3 historical errors that I could find (and I'm at page 41!), and I'm not a historian!(less)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.79  · 
Rating details
 ·  18,152 ratings  ·  2,171 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Lady Clementine
Angela M
Jan 29, 2020 rated it liked it

I didn’t know anything about Clementine Churchill, and that’s why this novel piqued my interest. She is portrayed as intelligent, strong, with a mind of her own and views of her own on the politics of Britain and the world at large. I loved that these were the things which seemed to attract Winston Churchill to her when they first meet. Good thing, because she was more than just the “woman behind the man”, but seemed to be right there along with him, as a confidant, an advisor. Although, at time
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars, rounded up

This book is an interesting, but not engrossing, fiction of Clementine Churchill’s marriage to Winston. Clementine proved herself Winston’s equal time and again. Not afraid of speaking her mind, she was as enthused by politics as he was.

Benedict chooses smart women who were restrained by their times as her topics. I do wish she didn’t try to have her characters see their futures, whether Winston seeing himself as destined to save the world or Clemmie seeing herself as Winst
Karren  Sandercock
Thanks to NetGalley, Sourcebooks and Marie Benedict for my copy of her new book: Lady Clementine.
In 1908, Clementine Hozier married Winston Churchill and it's the start of one of history's greatest unions. Clementine was expected to be a Winston's wife, a mother to his future children and support his political career. Clementine Churchill was more than the wife of England's most powerful men, she was his friend, his confidant, his greatest supporter and together they made a formidable couple.

Lady Clementine reimagines the story of Clementine Hozier-Churchill (1885-1977), a woman of great intelligence, who had skillfully influenced her husband’s political career.

London, 1908. Clementine Hozier attracts attention of Winston Churchill by her intellect and responsiveness. He is very impressed with her, stating, “…you listen, understand, and engage with the important issues of our day.”

After five months of courtship he proposes.

She quickly realizes “that if she wants to play a meaningfu
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
I have to tell you that I did not like this book at all. If I ever had any interest in Clementine Churchill this book has effectively killed it. It's too bad because apparently she did do some good work during the War but this book just pounds away at giving her all the credit for Winston Churchill's success. I don't buy it. They probably did have a supportive relationship but I don't accept that she wrote most of his speeches and made most of his decisions. I just don't think he would have bee ...more
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
In September 1908, 23-year-old Clementine Hozier became Mrs. Winston Churchill. As a powerful statesman’s wife, Clementine was expected to be an intuitive and devoted woman playing a supporting role to her husband’s endeavors. However, Clementine Churchill would be more than just the woman behind one of history’s most powerful men.

Through the decades of Winston’s political prowess and key military roles, Clementine supported him and served as his “secret weapon,” - saving his skin countless tim
I have read the biographies of Clementine Churchill (1885-1977). But this historical fiction brings this formidable woman to life.

The book is well written and researched. Winston and Clemmie were a definite power couple. She must have been an amazing woman to deal with the ups and downs of Winston, bear five children, manage a large household on a shoestring budget and deal with a constant stream of angry people left in Winston’s wake. I am a huge fan of Winston Churchill and with Clemmie being
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lady Clementine is the story of Clementine Churchill, wife of Winston. Just after she married him, she has to pull him off the train tracks where he’s been shoved by angry woman. Clementine is a force throughout her marriage to Winston, never backing down and always fiercely protecting her husband.

As a recent new fan of The Crown, I loved learning more about this fascinating woman. His equal in many ways, I was most intrigued by her spirit. Having not read any hist fic focused directly on the Ch
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Marie Benedict enjoys introducing her readers to women who in their own right led interesting lives beside the prominent men of the time. Her latest historical fiction features, Clementine Churchill(1885-1977), a formidable woman who spent her adult life building, supporting, and at times challenging her husband, Sir Winston Churchill, in politics. Marie Benedict does not shy away from the ups and downs of the Churchills in both their personal and private lives. Through two world wars and the ar ...more
Mar 16, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-fiction
Lady Clementine is one of Marie Benedict's more popular historical fiction novels, written about the wife of Winston Churchill, a woman who had made quite a name for herself during the mid-2oth century. I enjoyed the book, and it taught me a lot about this strong, intelligent leader who was perhaps shadowed by her Prime Minister husband and overbearing mother.

Surprisingly (to me), Clementine had broken off two engagements prior to Winston's, plus she had had come from a wealthy family in which
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The free world owes Clementine Churchill a huge thank you. Without her influence and support, Winston Churchill would not have been so politically savvy nor would he have had the resolve and staying power needed to hold off the German forces and their allies in both of the great wars of the 20th century. Marie Benedict has shown us a portrait of Clementine that shows us her struggles and her strengths. I would heartily recommend it for book groups as there is much to discuss regarding parenting, ...more
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
One of my favorite Winston Churchill quotes is, "I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught" and I agree with it. That's one reason why I like reading historical fiction because I learn without being taught.

This is my first book from Benedict. I really don't know much about Winston, let alone Clementine, his wife and this was a good introduction. I didn't realize he was at the top of his political game, then out, then back in again and out. He changed political partie
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict is a novel told in the first person by Clementine Churchill, the wife of Winston Churchill. It seems very bold for the author to speak for Lady Clementine. However, the writing is so believable at times it read more like an autobiography instead of a novel.  It is apparent that in-depth research went into the writing of this very interesting story of a complex woman. 

Clementine Churchill, through her close relationship with her husband, was one of the most influ
Jackie Latham
Jan 14, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction-bio
I found that this book just dragged on & on and made Clementine either the true Churchill or just a boring bad mother. Really hated it and just couldn't finish. ...more
Dec 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
Glad this book is listed as “Fiction” because it surely is based very loosely on some known facts. Even some of the ‘facts’ have been squered.
The author’s imagination has run away with her on this one.

Winston and Clementine both had unhappy and difficult childhoods
When they met they found that they went together like cheese and crackers
He recognized her intelligence and did indeed depend on her in many ways
Brilliant Winston was also Difficult Winston and not many women would have been able
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

POPSUGAR READING CHALLENGE 2020 #35: A fiction or a nonfiction book abut a world leader

Marie Benedict issues her readers with an astonishing novel of a great woman who lived in the shadow of her powerful husband. Lady Clementine chronicles the life and times of Clementine Churchill. Charting Clementine’s life from the moment she ascended to the role of wife to Winston Churchill in 1908, through to the restoration of peace following the close of World War II,
Karen R
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Marie Benedict is one of my favorite authors. She makes it fun to learn a bit of history. Here, Benedict focuses on Lady Clementine Churchill, Winston’s better half for 56 years. It was love at first sight for Clementine and Winston, each similarly raised by unaffectionate and often absent mothers, who’d married after knowing each other for only five short months; she at 23 and he 34 years old. This portrait of a smart, ambitious, non-conforming woman behind the man was fascinating and extremely ...more
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley, Author Marie Benedict and Sourcebooks Landmark for the early copy of the book for my review.

What a delightful book, a historical fiction story about Clementine Churchill. A book full of history, and a great storyline about a wonderful and inspiring woman

This book was enlightening and interesting, and flowed really well. A book for all lovers of history, and historical fiction. One I would gladly recommend
Sherri Thacker
Quickly I realized this book is not for me.I had a really tough time following this story. I did not connect with the characters or the story line for that matter. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for this complimentary book. All opinions expressed are my own.
Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
Marie Benedict is a best selling author who writes historical fiction about remarkable women. I had previously read her novels The Other Einstein and The Only Woman in the Room. I am not a huge fan of her writing style, but commend her for bringing the women she writes about to a public who might not know their stories.

Lady Clementine is about Winston Churchill's wife, usually portrayed as long-suffering and anxious for Winston to put aside politics and enjoy his life--and give her more of his a
Alison Hardtmann
Nov 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-but-unowned
I had to give up on this one. It's a wikipedia entry, sprinkled on a bowl of sentimental treacle. I just could not. ...more
Marie Benedict explores the Churchill marriage from Clementine’s point of view by using the format of a first person diary. The diary begins with her courtship where Clementine and Winston recognize each other as persons of substance and ends with the Allies victory in Europe (although they have 20 more years together).

Clementine is thrilled to be involved in affairs of state. She does not mind being behind the scenes as long as she is involved in matters that make a difference and that Winston
Lisa Leone-campbell
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lady Clementine is the story of Winston Churchill's wife Clementine and how her relationship with Churchill went beyond your average love story, but included a secret partnership between them which helped to dictate history.

Lady Clementine's roll in Churchill's life went far beyond just having his children and planning meals for statesmen. She was Churchill's confidante, public relations person, speech writer and perhaps most important of all advocate for the men and women (especially the women)
I greatly enjoyed this read, and I wonder if the audio enhanced that. If I would have felt the same power of it in print. I think I may not have.

Clementine Churchill was a formidable woman. I think few people know just how involved and instrumental she was to her husband Winston and to the leadership of Britain, as well as to the ending of the war. When she accepted his proposal, it was not just for marriage but for leadership, vision, and stewardship of the country. And that she did. Before he
Donna Brown
Jan 29, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a take it or leave it book for me. I finished it but would have had no problem laying it aside. It was interesting to learn of Winston Churchill's wife but I really did not connect with her story. It is always good to learn of and from strong women and it is wonderful to see a strong woman at a time when women have not been given the opportunity to be the strong women they are. So praise for both Lady Clementine and her husband Winston for allowing her to do her part for her country. ...more
Jul 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Benedict is known for writing about strong women and for using her creativity to carve out historical fictions which I enjoy reading although there is the danger of creativity warping history which can be challenging to disassociate in one's mind. Clementine, the wife of the famous Winston Churchill is a great choice for her latest book. However, I would recommend heartily Clementine by Sonia Purnell as a better read if one is truly interested in the life and works of Clementine Churchill.

Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict is a delightful and enthralling historical fiction/biography of the incredible Clementine Churchill.
It encompasses how they met, what she was thinking during this courtship, as well as their early years of marriage through the end of WWII. While I would have loved to read about the remainder of her life, I feel that the book ended on a romantic and satisfying point in her life, and it was fitting for this novel.

I have to say I have always been a huge fan of Ms
Lisa of Hopewell
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
With the title "Lady Clementine" I was dubious. She was never, ever "Lady Clementine"--only Lady Churchill. Thankfully that problem did not come up. But by page 13 I'd found enough problems with titles, lineage, stilted thoughts [instead of my pet peeve stilted conversation to work in who is who and what's what]. With Clementine tell us of her "almond face" I wanted to scream. Then there were the memories of childhood--ugh. I did find the part about Marigold's death to be well done and very movi ...more
Book Concierge
Audible audiobook narrated by Elizabeth Sastre

This work of historical fiction focuses on Lady Clementine Churchill, the woman beside (not behind) the man, Winston Churchill. As she has done with other subject, Benedict delves into research to bring this woman, whose role in history was previously unheralded, to light.

The novel follows the couple from their wedding day through several decades. Benedict was privileged to have access to many of the letters Winston and Clementine wrote to on
Carol (Reading Ladies)
Thanks #netgalley #sourcebooks #sbkslandmark for a free e ARC of #ladyclementine in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Clementine Churchill is the devoted wife, partner, and best friend of Winston Churchill. Lady Clementine is brilliant, ambitious, innovative, and fascinating, and she devotes all her energy and loyalty to her husband and country.

An underappreciated woman in history….

Author Marie Benedict condenses decades of history as she relates the story of Clementine Chur
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Twenty-one Truths About Love
  • Why We Can't Sleep: Women's New Midlife Crisis
  • Nameless Queen
  • Finding Christmas
  • Everything My Mother Taught Me
  • Artists' Letters: Leonardo da Vinci to David Hockney
  • Galway Girl (Jack Taylor #15)
  • Saint X
  • All That's Bright and Gone
  • The Roxy Letters
  • A View Across the Rooftops
  • This Is Not How It Ends
  • Single
  • The Wish List of Albie Young
  • Full Circle: From Hollywood to Real Life and Back Again
  • All About Evie
  • The Perfect Love Song
  • Where She Went
See similar books…
See top shelves…
Marie Benedict is a lawyer with more than ten years' experience as a commercial litigator at two of the country's premier law firms. While practicing as a NYC lawyer, Marie dreamed of a fantastical job unearthing the hidden historical stories of women -- and finally found it when she tried her hand at writing. She embarked on a new, thematically connected series of historical fiction excavating th ...more

Articles featuring this book

There's something great about a paperback book: They're perfect book club choices, you can throw them in your bag and go, and they've been out in...
60 likes · 18 comments
“The risks of the conflict never overwhelmed me, only the fear of marginalization.” 2 likes
“What is it about a crisis that draws us closer to our loved ones? Why do the differences between us—minuscule and vast—seem to disappear against the backdrop of mounting catastrophe?” 2 likes
More quotes…