Churchill's Menagerie: Winston Churchill and the Animal Kingdom

Churchill's Menagerie: Winston Churchill and the Animal Kingdom

by Piers Brendon


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In this unique narrative, Piers Brendon looks deeply into Churchill’s admiration of the animal kingdom—and how animals played such a large part in his everyday life.

Winston Churchill was known for his great love for and admiration of animals. In fact, one of Churchill’s key char- acteristics was his fascination with the animal kingdom—creatures of all sorts were a crucial element throughout his life. He was amused, intrigued, enchanted by, and sometimes even besotted with, a vast menagerie, from his pet bud- gerigar, dogs, cats, fish, and butterflies, to his own lion, leopard, and white kangaroos kept at London Zoo, and even more unusual species. Dwelling amid flora and fauna was Churchill’s ideal form of existence—“The world would be better off if it were inhabited only by animals”—and he signed his boyhood letters home “The Pussy Cat.”

In this fascinating book, Dr. Piers Brendon looks deeper into Churchill’s love of the animal kingdom and at how animals played such a large part in his everyday life. We encounter the paradox of the animal-loving-hunter, who hunts foxes yet keeps them as pets, who likes fishing but loves fish, along with the man who used analogies to animals time and time again in his speeches and writings. The picture that emerges shows another side of the great man, showcasing his wit, wisdom, and wayward genius from a different perspective and shedding new and fascinating light on his love of the animal kingdom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643131368
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 06/04/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 541,068
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Piers Brendon is the author of The Dark Valley: A Panorama of the 1930s, Winston Churchill: A Brief Life, and The Decline and Fall of the British Empire. He is a former Keeper of the Churchill Archives Centre, a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He lives in England.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Timeline of Winston Churchill's Life 11

Introduction 15

The Bestiary 25

Notes 283

Illustration credits 311

Index 313

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