Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill (Paperback)

The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill

By Sonia Purnell

Penguin Books, 9780143128915, 448pp.

Publication Date: October 25, 2016

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"Sonia Purnell has at long last given Clementine Churchill the biography she deserves. Sensitive yet clear-eyed, Clementine tells the fascinating story of a complex woman struggling to maintain her own identity while serving as the conscience and principal adviser to one of the most important figures in history." -Lynn Olson, bestselling author of Citizens of London

Shortlisted for the 2016 Plutarch Award

A long over-due tribute to the extraordinary woman who was Winston Churchill's closest confident, fiercest critic and shrewdest political advisor that captures the intimate dynamic of one of history's most fateful marriages, as seen on The Crown.

By Winston Churchill's own admission, victory in the Second World War would have been "impossible without her." Until now, however, the only existing biography of Churchill's wife, Clementine, was written by her daughter. Sonia Purnell finally gives Clementine her due with a deeply researched account that tells her life story, revealing how she was instrumental in softening FDR's initial dislike of her husband and paving the way for Britain's close relationship with America. It also provides a surprising account of her relationship with Eleanor Roosevelt and their differing approaches to the war effort.

Born into impecunious aristocracy, the young Clementine was the target of cruel snobbery. Many wondered why Winston married her, but their marriage proved to be an exceptional partnership. Beautiful and intelligent, but driven by her own insecurities, she made his career her mission. Any real consideration of Winston Churchill is incomplete without an understanding of their relationship, and Clementine is both the first real biography of this remarkable woman and a fascinating look inside their private world.


About the Author

Sonia Purnell is a biographer and journalist who has worked at The Telegraph and Sunday Times. Her first book, Just Boris, a candid portrait of London mayor and Brexit champion Boris Johnson, was longlisted for the Orwell prize. Clementine (published as First Lady in the UK) was chosen as a Book of the Year by The Telegraph and Independent and shortlisted for the Plutarch Award for biography. She is working now on a book on the daring exploits of Virginia Hall, America's most courageous and unlikely wartime spy. Residence: London, UK Social: Twitter: SoniaPurnell
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