Book Club – January 2022 – Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill

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The Book Club will be meeting on Thursday, January 13th 2022 at 7pm in the Chapel. The book being discussed is “Clementine: The Life Of Mrs. Winston Churchill” by Sonia Purnell.

“By Winston Churchill’s own admission, victory in the Second World War would have been “impossible without her.” Until now, however, the only existing biography of Churchill’s wife, Clementine, was written by her daughter. Sonia Purnell finally gives Clementine her due with a deeply researched account that tells her life story, revealing how she was instrumental in softening FDR’s initial dislike of her husband and paving the way for Britain’s close relationship with America. It also provides a surprising account of her relationship with Eleanor Roosevelt and their differing approaches to the war effort.

Born into impecunious aristocracy, the young Clementine was the target of cruel snobbery. Many wondered why Winston married her, but their marriage proved to be an exceptional partnership. Beautiful and intelligent, but driven by her own insecurities, she made his career her mission. Any real consideration of Winston Churchill is incomplete without an understanding of their relationship, and Clementine is both the first real biography of this remarkable woman and a fascinating look inside their private world.” (summary from

All are invited to come.

14 January 2022 – (A day after the book club zoom meeting.)

The book club group had a lively discussion about how many things outlined in many ways were unbelievable how one may adhere to the war efforts forced upon everyone and in many ways raises thought on the situations of today on our lives. Also how the changing social interaction of today are vastly different, represented by the lack of sending letters to waiting for messages to popup at our fingertips.Book was a little long for some or a topic not of interest.

But the group is happy to see faces and hear voices, incarcerated by pandemic mannerisms. All are looking forward to the next club activities. 🙂