Winston Churchill’s American mother, born Jennie Jerome, brought him up almost single-handed. Over forty years they exchanged at least 1,000 letters. These reveal Jennie not just a mother - but as her son’s life coach, career consultant, literary agent, political adviser, publicist, critic, estate agent and partner in financial distress.
Both mother and son are wonderful writers. Their letters are frank, yet reveal how dependent on his mother Churchill remained - practically and emotionally – until he was thirty years old. Then the wheel turns. Her charms fade and her life crumbles. She needs him more than he needs her – until he goes to fight on the Western Front.
Many of the letters have never before seen the light of day; as a correspondence it has never been published. Collected and edited by David Lough, author of No More Champagne: Churchill and His Money, it sheds new light on Churchill’s development - emotional, intellectual and political. It also paints a vivid picture of motherhood – the poignant passage from young life-giver to elderly burden.
Born in 1950, David Lough won an open history scholarship to Oxford University where he won 1st class honours, studying under historians Richard Cobb, Michael Howard and Theodore Zeldin. He pursued a career in financial markets, starting in Asia and investment banking, before founding a private banking business in 1988. It was sold in 2013, by which time it employed a hundred people advising many prominent families across the range of their private affairs, including their investments, tax affairs and inheritance planning.
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