The Odd Shelf Book Club
Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Purnell
Thursday • June 8 • 6:30pm
Mill Creek store
Join the Odd Shelf book club for a lively discussion of this month's book!
Discover a sharply drawn, absorbing portrait of the woman Winston Churchill says victory in WWII would have been impossible without. Clementine Churchill was his elegant, strong-willed wife and she acted as his adviser, political strategist, campaign partner, manager, and unfailing champion. Driven by insecurities despite her intelligence and beauty, she made his career her mission. When his reputation suffered horribly from his role in the disastrous 1915 defeat in the Dardanelles, she urged him to enlist in the Great War from which he emerged with a "military halo." Clementine is revealed as a smart, savvy, and independent-minded woman who disagreed with her husband on political issues like women's suffrage, and on personal matters like holidays, gambling, and their son in this long overdue tribute to her life.
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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.
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