A family at the heart of history - from the Duke of Marlborough to Winston Churchill
Of all Britain’s great families perhaps none has been so overshadowed by the force of one member’s personality as the Churchills. And yet in this vivid and brilliant tale of the dynasty of which Gladstone remarked, ‘There never was a Churchill from John of Marlborough down who had either morals or principles’ theirs turns out to be a narrative of epic breadth and drama.
The Churchills (Little Brown, London)
Publication date April 7th 2011
Hardback ISBN 0316732826
The Churchills (W.W.Norton, New York)
Publication date May 10th 2011
Hardback ISBN 0393062309
|What the reviewers said:|
|"Meticulously detailed...eminently readable."
New York Times.
‘Never ceases to amaze and entertain… Lovell is a skilled storyteller and she writes in a level assured tone … the result is an unputdownable family saga.’
‘A tremendous read…packing in more champagne, adultery, divorce and continental dalliances than any book I have read. Engrossing’
‘The author has done an admirable job in weaving [the character’s stories] together to create a splendid saga’
‘[a] vivid and enjoyable rollercoaster. Many of the stories she tells are not new; but seeing how they affect Winston on the world stage adds immeasurably to their dramatic edge. Lovell has unearthed many fascinating details about life in the Churchill family; bringing them all together reveals that, while calling on the nation for every last ounce of effort, Winston himself was being personally drained’
‘The little-known private dramas …resonate. It rounds out one’s image of Churchill the statesman. Exceptionally readable narrative’
‘Enthralling…written with considerable grace and style’
‘… Lovell pens a lively account of the clan’
‘The Churchills treads the tightrope between gossip and history, which is the source of its pleasure’
‘… if you’re new to the subject, The Churchills won’t let you down and if you’re an addict of the genre, it’ll provide a perfectly competent summary'
‘An engaging and eminently readable tale of a fascinating family.’
‘… many good stories bear re-telling and Lovell, who explains from the start that she regards ‘contemporary gossip’ as legitimate source material, tells them with relish’
'Very enjoyable ... one of the great pleasures of this biography is seeing the lesser known characters take their place in history.'
‘An unbeatable combination of scandal and glory.’
‘Intelligent and well written ... Lovell weaves together all the anecdotes so seamlessly, and it’s fun to read... A lively collective portrait.’
The Churchills (Tantor Media)
Publication date May 9th 2011