Anyone who has been a parent, or, indeed, a wayward child, will relish the charming normality of Jennie Churchill’s cajoling of her son Winston during his school and early Army days in this revealing collection of letters between her and Winston. They span 40 years from his early childhood... This sparkling volume will be devoured by all who revere Churchill.
David Lough first came upon the letters between Churchill and his mother when writing a masterly study on his money entitled No More Champagne that cleared up mysteries surrounding Churchill's disorderly finances... Now, by producing a book containing their correspondence stretching over 40 years until Jennie's death in 1921, Lough paints a more rounded picture of a loving mother-son relationship and what he describes as the curious mind of Winston Churchill.
... there is no better guide than David Lough, who provides linking commentaries and context to the hundreds of letters, so that the whole volume acts as a kind of hybrid biography/autobiography of the first half of Churchill’s life... Lough’s commentary is as revealing about Jennie as it is about her famous offspring – a compelling double-portrait steadily emerges from these letters... This superb exchange of letters allows us some real understanding of this unique relationship.
David Lough’s masterly 2015 study of Winston Churchill’s income and expenditure, No More Champagne, could be described as a financial thriller. Our hero’s pecuniary vicissitudes would turn another man’s hair white – piles of unpaid bills, looming tax demands, bridging loans, overdraft limits exceeded, future inheritances mortgaged... The early part of Lough’s new opus, Darling Winston: Forty Years of Letters between Winston Churchill and his Mother, has the same leitmotif of money, its theme song “never enough”.