Talk:Emma Soames: Mary Churchill's wartime diaries
Join legendary journalist Emma Soames – former editor of the Literary Review, Tatler, Saga, ES and Telegraph magazines – discuss her new book on her mother, Mary Churchill (Winston’s daughter) and her wartime diaries.
Recently joining the collections of the Churchill Archives Centre and much of which has never been published, the diaries provide a unique, front-row view of the great events of war, as well as exchanges and intimate moments with her father.
But they also show an impulsive and spirited writer, full of coming-of-age self-consciousness and joie de vivre, untrammelled by hindsight or self-censorship or nostalgia.
In 1939 seventeen-year old Mary found herself in an extraordinary position at an extraordinary time: it was the outbreak of the Second World War and her father, Winston Churchill, had been appointed First Lord of the Admiralty; within months he would be Prime Minister.
The young Mary Churchill was uniquely placed to observe this remarkable historical moment, but they also capture what it was like to be a young woman during wartime. From aid raid sirens at 10 Downing Street to seeing action with the ATS, from cocktail parties with presidents and royals to accompanying her father on key diplomatic trips, Mary's wartime diaries are full of colour, rich in historical insight, and a charming and intimate portrait of life alongside Winston Churchill.
Tickets can include a signed copy of the new hardback book, ‘Mary Churchill’s War: The Wartime Diaries of Churchill’s Youngest Daughter' edited and introduced by Emma Soames (published by Two Roads £20.00rrp).
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