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Mary Soames
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Clementine Churchill

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  112 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
When Clementine, Lady Spencer-Churchill died in 1977, aged 92, she had become a much-loved and iconic figure to the British public. In spite of being instantly recognisable as the seemingly serene, cool and detached wife of Winston Churchill, she had nonetheless shunned publicity throughout her life. In this fully updated, award-winning biography, her daughter Mary Soames ...more
Paperback, 704 pages
Published November 3rd 2003 by Doubleday (first published June 1st 1979)
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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
May 10, 2016 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
Wilhelmina Hoftyzer
Having read several biographies of Winston Churchill, this was an interesting read, albeit, this biography of Clementine was written in a loving manner by their youngest daughter, and therefore should be read with this point of view with respect to her view of her parents. Although it has been claimed that the Churchills had a very strong and loving marriage, one wonders how much time they actually spent together in their many years of marriage, as either one or both of them often seemed to be a ...more
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Natalie Print
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lovely, insightful portrayal of Winston and Clementine Churchill's lives and marriage.
Pam Venne
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sam Reeves, Mary Ann Markowitz, Susan Lewis
WOW! Of all the biographies I have read, this one grabbed me and held my attention. Purnell, the author, did excellent research and wove it into a compelling story of the little-known woman behind the infamous Winston Churchill.

The book follows the history of both families and how Clementine and Winston were introduced through both wars and their deaths. I found fascinating details about both of them. The most striking characteristic was the resolve that Clementine had to do whatever it took to
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 19, 2016 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.
Robert Davidson
Jan 29, 2015 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.
Lynn Mcdonald
Mar 19, 2016 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!
Nov 03, 2009 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!
Jul 30, 2010 marked it as wishlist  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 12, 2015 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.
May 27, 2016 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 27, 2010 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,
Andrea Young
Nov 01, 2007 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.
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After a while got bored reading who she had lunch with.
Cecilia Chiolero
Mar 05, 2014 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.
Apr 23, 2010 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.
Jan 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a bear - may take awhile
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most remarkable and inspirational books I have read recently.
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Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this. Stayed up late into the night to finish.
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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 Soames.

Mary 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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