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A Daughter's Tale: The Memoir of Winston Churchill's Youngest Child Hardcover – Deckle Edge, July 24, 2012

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“Perceptive, funny, always totally honest, it provides an unequalled view of the corridors of power.”—The Spectator

About the Author

Mary Soames is the youngest and only surviving child of Winston and Clementine Churchill. She was born in 1922 and brought up at Chartwell in Kent. In 1941, at age eighteen, she joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service and served in mixed anti-aircraft batteries in England and Europe. She accompanied her father as his aide-de-camp on several of his wartime overseas journeys. In 1945 she was awarded the MBE (military). In 1947 she married Captain Christopher Soames, Coldstream Guards, later Lord Soames, PC, GCMG, CH. She is also the author of her mother's biography, Clementine Churchill, and edited Speaking for Themselves, the personal letters between her parents.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1St Edition edition (July 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780812993332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812993332
  • ASIN: 0812993330
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. Bruff on September 21, 2012
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I am close to a contemporary of the author and remember World War II from the American perspective of a younger child. It was fascinating to see these events and the leadership of Churchill through the eyes of an adoring daughter. The class differences and lifestyles of wealthy, well-placed individuals in contrast to the general population was also fascinating. The courage and determination to uphold a high model of bravery and leadership under extreme circumstances was also impressive. I was somewhat dumbfounded by the visit to Berlin so soon after the fall of Germany and of some of the party, not engaged in high level political meetings of leaders, searching for souvenirs among the ruins.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Thomas Ziglar on September 6, 2012
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Thoroughly interesting and worth the read of times growing up and adult life of Mary Soames, the youngest daughter of Winston and Clementine Churchill. The war and the aftermath was harder in England on families than we sometimes think. Yes, they carry on in huge adversity. Great account of how much she loved her parents and what they did mean to all the world.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Brooke on September 12, 2012
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"A Daughter's Tale" by Mary Soames, Winston Churchill's youngest child, gives the reader an insight into the inner workings and relationships of Winston Churchill's immediate family during a time of spectacular heights and great disappointments. Mary told her story through her diary entries. Her childhood observations were charming and makes one see the magic of this time for her. Her father delighted in her and they had a very special relationship. To be a child in the Churchill family allowed Mary to be exposed to many of the most interesting and great minds of the time whether it was at their country estate or at 10 Downing Street. Mary seemed to be quite her own person, charming, intelligent and fun! I enjoyed the read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. E. Newell on October 28, 2012
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"A Daughter's Tale" by Mary Soames is a great read for anyone who wants to more about Sir Winston Churchill family. As the last of Winston and Clementine children Mary Soames give the reader an inside look to the family's life leading up to the second world war and how all memebers of the Churchill family did thier duty to help there nation. One of the things that I liked about the book was the photos that were in book.
Overall "A Daugther's Tale" is a great book that anyone who wants to learn more about the Chuchill family should not miss.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By AVIDREADERDA on August 22, 2012
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WHAT AN ENGAGING READ THIS WAS. THOROUGHLY ENJOYED HER STORIES OF HER FAMOUS FATHER WINSTON CHURCHILL AND HER MOTHER CLEMENTINE. MARY SOAMES IS THE YOUNGEST CHILD OF THE CHURCHILLS STILL LIVING AND APPROACHING HER 90TH BIRTHDAY.

MARY REMARKS ABOUT HER GROWING UP AND USES "HER NEVER-BEFORE PUBLISHED DIARY ENTRIES". HER STORIES AND COMMENTS TAKE US TO HER WONDERFUL CHILDHOOD ON THE GROUNDS OF THE FAMILY ESTATE IN THE COUNTRY AS WELL AS HER MENAGERIE OF PETS SHE HAD.

SHE BECOMES ONE OF HER FATHER'S MOST TRUSTED COMPANIONS AND SHE TAKES US INTO CHURCHILL'S POLITICS WHEN THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT PUSHES THE CURRENT PRIME MINISTER NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN OUT OF OFFICE AND THE PATH TO HER FATHER W.C. CLIMB INTO THAT POSITION - ALL OCCURRING DURING WORLD WAR II.

MARY JOINS THE WAR EFFORT AS A GUNNER IN THE WOMEN'S AUXILIARY, HELPS SHOOT DOWN THE GERMAN V-1 ROCKETS AS THEY FALL INTO LONDON; BECOMES HER FATHER'S AIDE-DE-CAMP, ATTENDS THE POTSDAM CONFERENCE, ARRANGES DINNER WITH HARRY TRUMAN, JOSEF STALIN AND HER FATHER.

ENTHRALLING BOOK THAT TAKES YOU ON THE WAR FRONT, INTIMATE FEELINGS OF HER PARENTS BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER THE WAR, LOSSES OF FRIENDS. THIS BOOK HAS IT ALL.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ShelleyD. on October 24, 2012
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While reading this book, I realized that I actually felt that I was living during World War II! Mary Soames did a wonderful job helping me to understand what it was like to live not just during the war but in her family. I was fascinated by the fact that members of the Churchill family actually did real work during the war serving in the military and in volunteer organizations. They were also impacted by the rationing of goods just like all other people in England during the war. Ms. Soames reflections on time spend with the Roosevelts was also very interesting. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in World War II or in the Churchill family
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 6, 2013
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A fascinating slice of history from Mary Soames, Winston Churchill's youngest daughter. It covers her childhood through the end of World War 2, and gives a different perspective on Churchill and the rest of the family. Her trips with Churchill to foreign countries during the war for conferences were fascinating. I hadn't realized that he traveled so much. And her own experiences as a member of the ATS are also interesting. Based on her diaries and letters, I found this a very readable memoir, and would recommend it for anyone interested in the period, or in the life of a great man from a daughter's perspective.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By cat on December 8, 2012
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this book gave a really nice look into the life of Churchill's daughter. The only thing I didn't like was the fact that I wanted to know more. It ended rather abruptly. That just means I have to do more research.
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