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by Mary Soames

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Title:A Daughter's Tale: The Memoir of Winston and Clementine Churchill's youngest child
Authors:Mary Soames
Info:Doubleday (2011) Hardback,402 Pages
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Rating:*****
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A Daughter's Tale: The Memoir of Winston Churchill's Youngest Child by Mary Soames

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Mary Soames, born in 1922, is the only surviving child of Winston and Clementine Churchill. This memoir covers her early life and the war years, up to the defeat of Churchill's government in the 1945 election. Her father, normally shown as a gruff, serious statesman is portrayed here as a tender affectionate family man. Soames' interest in the times and the events that had such a profound effect on so many makes her point of view an interesting one. She is able to provide an intimate background to events that are familiar to history and the entire memoir is written from a very different perspective than the more formal accounts we usually see. As an gunner in the Auxiliary Territorial Service, she accompanied her father as his ADC on several overseas journeys, including the Quebec Conference with President Roosevelt and Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King, and the Potsdam Conference with Truman and Stalin. Although this is essentially Mary Churchill's story, it naturally involves the life and times of her parents, particularly her father. Much of the text is taken from Soames' diaries giving it a refreshingly youthful tone and a family intimacy that makes it all the more interesting. I really enjoyed this charming memoir and can recommend it highly to anyone interested in the subject. ( )
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The youngest daughter of Winston Churchill recalls her childhood spent roaming the family's country estate, her position as one of her father's most trusted companions, and her service as a gunner in the women's auxiliary during World War II.

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