CHURCHILL OUT OF HIBERNATION, WEEK 10

CHURCHILL OUT OF HIBERNATION, WEEK 10

Not many sons get to write their father’s biography. Winston Churchill wrote a biography of his father, Lord Randolph Churchill, when he was just 31.  In our stroll through his works, LORD RANDOLPH is our next stop.

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CHURCHILL OUT OF HIBERNATION, WEEK 9

CHURCHILL OUT OF HIBERNATION, WEEK 9

MR. BRODRICK’S ARMY is the holy grail of Churchill book collecting; the rarest and most precious volume in the Churchill canon.

In our ongoing stroll through our shelves, we visit it next… if we can only find one.

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CHURCHILL OUT OF HIBERNATION, WEEK 8

CHURCHILL OUT OF HIBERNATION, WEEK 8

IAN HAMILTON’S MARCH looms next on our march-time stroll through the works of Winston Churchill. Paired with LONDON TO LADYSMITH, it is the second and final volume in Churchill’s Boer War narrative.

So, who was Ian Hamilton?

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CHURCHILL OUT OF HIBERNATION, WEEK 7

CHURCHILL OUT OF HIBERNATION, WEEK 7

Our stroll through the works of Winston Churchill downshifts into a march, with LONDON TO LADYSMITH, the first of two books that Churchill would write on the Boer War in South Africa. As always, the nuance of Churchill’s thinking proved just as enthralling as the blood and guts details of his reportage.

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CHURCHILL OUT OF HIBERNATION, WEEK 6

CHURCHILL OUT OF HIBERNATION, WEEK 6

Winston Churchill’s third book, SAVROLA, was also his only novel. We visit it next in our out-of-hibernation stroll through our shelves.  SAVROLA is a work of dystopian fiction. In it, Churchill imagines a popularly-elected President hellbent on becoming a dictator. No, you can’t make this stuff up. But Churchill did.

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CHURCHILL OUT OF HIBERNATION, WEEK 5

CHURCHILL OUT OF HIBERNATION, WEEK 5

Last week’s out-of-hibernation stroll through our shelves in the company of Winston Churchill’s first book, THE STORY OF THE MALAKAND FIELD FORCE, was most reviving. Let’s proceed to his second book, THE RIVER WAR.

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CHURCHILL OUT OF HIBERNATION, WEEK 4

CHURCHILL OUT OF HIBERNATION, WEEK 4

Gazing around at Churchill’s books on the shelves here at Chartwell, we find ourselves with a powerful urge to share them with you, title by title, at a safe social distance. Join us for an out of hibernation stroll, beginning with Churchill’s first book: “The Story of the Malakand Field Force.”

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CHURCHILL IN HIBERNATION, WEEK 3

CHURCHILL IN HIBERNATION, WEEK 3

“A DAY AWAY FROM CHARWTWELL IS A DAY WASTED,” WINSTON CHURCHILL MAINTAINED.

WE COULDN’T AGREE MORE.

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CHURCHILL OUT OF HIBERNATION, WEEK 2

CHURCHILL OUT OF HIBERNATION, WEEK 2

We are savoring reconnecting with all of you.  Thank you for your patience. We have endured one lone night of broken glass here, suffered primarily by our neighbors. (Sometimes being in an arcade without street frontage is a good thing.)

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CHURCHILL OUT OF HIBERNATION, WEEK 1

CHURCHILL OUT OF HIBERNATION, WEEK 1

Chartwell Booksellers emerged from hibernation this week, returning to work, if not yet re-opening our doors. We are in, fulfilling orders; back, but unable to receive visitors. In the face of what continues to transpire in the world around us, it is simply impossible to remain “in hibernation.”

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CHURCHILL IN HIBERNATION, WEEK 10

CHURCHILL IN HIBERNATION, WEEK 10

Our auction with Sotheby’s has done the trick. The results this past Wednesday were more than gratifying. They have given us the infusion we’d hoped for, until we fully get back to business.

Winston Churchill knew this feeling.

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CHURCHILL IN HIBERNATION, WEEK 9

CHURCHILL IN HIBERNATION, WEEK 9

As we ponder the impending climax this week of our “Churchill in Charge” auction with Sotheby’s, our thoughts turn back to Winston Churchill’s first week in charge eighty years ago. Magnanimity was the signature of Churchill’s ascent to the office of Prime Minister in May 1940.

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