HAPPY 147TH BIRTHDAY, WINSTON CHURCHILL!

HAPPY 147TH BIRTHDAY, WINSTON CHURCHILL!

November 30 was Winston Churchill’s 147th Birthday. Celebrate with us by exploring our new catalogue. 

As per tradition.

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“THE LAST KING OF AMERICA” by Andrew Roberts

“THE LAST KING OF AMERICA” by Andrew Roberts

Andrew Roberts, author of one of the finest Churchill biographies (and one of the finest Napoleon biographies) yet written, has a new book out that is, by all accounts, one of the finest biographies of King George III yet written. For a limited time, we are accepting advance orders for signed copies.

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“CHURCHILL’S SHADOW:” REALLY?!

“CHURCHILL’S SHADOW:” REALLY?!

This week we begin selling CHURCHILL’S SHADOW by Geoffrey Wheatcroft, who has long pursued a career as a contrarian Churchill critic. His new 600-plus-page tome is a summation of all the negativity that he has mustered as a lifelong revisionist re-assessor of Winston Churchill. We invite you to read it and see what you think.

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JOIN US FOR OUR READING OF “THE RIVER WAR”

JOIN US FOR OUR READING OF “THE RIVER WAR”

Join actor Daniel Gerroll on our website and YouTube channel reading selections from Winston Churchill’s THE RIVER WAR, concentrating on cuts from the original First Edition that have not been read in over 120 years.

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“EVER AFTER” IS NOT ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL

“EVER AFTER” IS NOT ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL

Still, we thought you might enjoy hearing about Chartwell Booksellers proprietor Barry Singer’s new book.

So please excuse the digression.

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“THE RIVER WAR” RETURNS

“THE RIVER WAR” RETURNS

Have you ever read Winston Churchill’s second book, THE RIVER WAR, complete and unabridged?

Well, you’re not alone; few have.

But now, you can…

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CHURCHILL BACK IN BUSINESS, WEEK 7

CHURCHILL BACK IN BUSINESS, WEEK 7

Virginia Cowles recounts encountering Winston Churchill at the French Embassy in 1950 and informing him that she was planning on writing his biography. “‘There’s nothing much in that field left unploughed,’ he growled.” We turn next to Cowles’ WINSTON CHURCHILL: THE ERA AND THE MAN, as we revisit the veritable handful of Churchill memoirs written by women.

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CHURCHILL BACK IN BUSINESS, WEEK 6

CHURCHILL BACK IN BUSINESS, WEEK 6

Princess Marthe Bibesco is a name that cries out fairy tale or film treatment. The Princess, however, was quite real, and knew Winston Churchill quite well. We conjure her next, and her powerfully evocative book, “Sir Winston Churchill: Master of Courage,” as we continue our survey of the very few Churchill memoirs written by women.

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CHURCHILL BACK IN BUSINESS, WEEK 5

CHURCHILL BACK IN BUSINESS, WEEK 5

We were already thinking deeply about the women who worked for Winston Churchill (and occasionally wrote about him), when news came of the passing at 96 of Doreen Pugh, Churchill’s Personal Secretary for the last ten years of his life. Ms. Pugh did not write a book about her boss. Elizabeth Nel, however, did. In our tour of Churchill memoirs written by women, we look to hers next.

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CHURCHILL BACK IN BUSINESS, WEEK 4

CHURCHILL BACK IN BUSINESS, WEEK 4

Winston Churchill’s unspoken rule that his staff not write about him was only broken twice in the years before Churchill achieved his postwar celebrity. The first time was by a man — his bodyguard, Inspector Walter H. Thompson. The second time was by a woman — a secretary named Phyllis Moir. Only one of these breaches was excused.

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CHURCHILL BACK IN BUSINESS, WEEK 3

CHURCHILL BACK IN BUSINESS, WEEK 3

In our “tell-all” age, it’s hard to imagine having worked for Winston Churchill and not writing about it. Virtually every man who labored alongside Churchill — from his wartime aides and generals, to his bodyguards — published memoirs or, at the very least, some version of their diaries. The women, however, were another story…

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CHURCHILL BACK IN BUSINESS, WEEK 2

CHURCHILL BACK IN BUSINESS, WEEK 2

We have just marked the one week anniversary of our reopening. It feels good to be back. To celebrate, we placed in our store window the largest, most beautifully framed original print of Yousuf Karsh’s iconic photographic portrait of Winston Churchill that you are anywhere likely to see. You really should come see it.

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