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The Washington PostOn the whole A Daughter's Tale is charming in the best sense of the word, a fit capstone to what has been a remarkable life.
Note on Sources ix
Chapter 1 Chartwell Child 7
Chapter 2 A Widening World 24
Chapter 3 Sisters and Cousins 47
Chapter 4 Growing Up with Grown-ups 65
Chapter 5 Family Affairs 78
Chapter 6 A Bright Life and a Darkening Horizon 96
Chapter 7 Clearing the Decks 121
Chapter 8 A Year to Remember 135
Chapter 9 At Chequers 159
Chapter 10 Decisions… Decisions… Decisions 170
Chapter 11 "A Soldier's Life Is Terrible Hard…" 186
Chapter 12 Battery Life 201
Chapter 13 An Officer and a Gentlewoman 221
Chapter 14 "Subaltern George" 242
Chapter 15 Testing Times 260
Chapter 16 Doodlebugs 273
Chapter 17 Paris Again 285
Chapter 18 Europe Arise! 298
Chapter 19 Triumph and Disaster 317
Chapter 20 "Civvy Street" 334
Photograph Credits 353
Posted August 22, 2012
What an engaging read this was. Thoroughly enjoyed her stories of her
famous Father Winston Churchill and her mother Clementine. Mary Soames
is youngest child of the Churchills', now approaching 90th birthday.
Mary remarks about her growing up and uses her "never-before
published diary entries". Her stories & comments take us to
her wonderful childhood on the grounds of the family's estate in the
country and her menagerie of pets she had. She becomes one of her
father's most trusted companions, she takes us into Churchill's politics
when British Parliament pushes current Prime Minister Neville
Chamberlain out of office and the path to her father Winston Churchill's
climb into that position - all occurring during WWII. Mary joins the
war effort as a gunner in the women's auxiliary, helps shoot down the
german V-1 rockets as they fall on 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, and losses of friends. This book has it all.
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Posted September 25, 2012
Far too much of this book is spent on the child's small universe and later the teenage and young adult's narrow world. A ghost writer would have been a wise decision for this memoir to mine the memories for something more interesting to the world at large.
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Posted September 11, 2012
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