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Darling Winston Reviews

Darling Winston by David Lough

Darling Winston

Forty years of correspondence between Churchill and his mother

David Lough

4.33 out of 5

4 reviews

Imprint: Head of Zeus
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication date: 20 Sep 2018
ISBN: 9781786697707

The first ever collection of the letters between Churchill and his mother sheds revelatory light on the future wartime premier.

4 stars out of 5
Ysenda Maxtone Graham
13 Dec 2018

"this sparkling volume will be devoured by all who revere Churchill"

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.

Reviews

4 stars out of 5
1 Oct 2018

"Lough paints a more rounded picture of a loving mother-son relationship"

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.

4 stars out of 5
William Boyd
26 Sep 2018

"This superb exchange of letters allows us some real understanding of this unique relationship."

... 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.
 

5 stars out of 5
Anne de Courcy
22 Sep 2018

"fascinating correspondence"

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”.