Event 10 | Emma Soames | Mary Churchill’s War


Emma SoamesMary Churchill’s War – The Wartime Diaries of Churchill’s  Youngest Daughter edited by her daughter

Mary Churchill’s diaries provide a unique, front-row view of the great events of war, as well as exchanges and intimate moments with her father.  They reveal an impulsive spirited writer free of self-censorship or nostalgia. In 1939, at seventeen, Mary found herself in an extraordinary position and time: the outbreak of WWII and her father, Winston Churchill, appointed Prime Minister within months.

In conversation with Susannah Simons

When: Monday 8th November 2021 @ 6.30 pm
Where: The Bull Ballroom
Sponsored by: Sally and Peter Lee


Emma Soames says: “I am thrilled that my mother’s wartime diaries are published in all their teenage angst and glory.  During those war years she moved from being a protected – and rather righteous – teenager to a young woman who ended up with 200 troops under her command at the age of 21.  All the while she was providing love and companionship to her father whose company she chronicles in detail in these diaries. Her eye for posterity and history proved to be profound.  I am truly excited to bring them to the wider audience they so richly deserve’. The diaries have recently joined the collections of the Churchill Archives Centre at Churchill College Cambridge.

Emma Soames is a writer, broadcaster and columnist who has been editor of the Literary Review, Tatler, ES Magazine, the Telegraph Magazine and Saga. She is the second child of Mary and Christopher Soames and her mother’s Literary Executor.  She is the granddaughter of Winston and Clementine Churchill.

Susannah Simons had a successful career in broadcasting and is now Editorial Director of Marquee TV, the global streaming platform for the performing arts.  She is also a trustee of One Dance UK, the PRS for Music Foundation and is on the advisory council of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

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