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on 1 August 2012
The cover on this book reads, 'An unputdownable family saga which it would be hard to invent if it wasn't true'. Vraiment, I had to keep on reading it, to the exclusion of other books, I usually read 2 or 3 coevally.
Engagingly written (by an authoress belonging to my generation and who grew up about 12 miles distance from me), I especially appreciated the many footnote explanations which are very helpful, and convey extra meaning and insight to the narrative. Mary Lovell obviously has a great regard for Sir Winston in particular, it shines through her text, but this is not a hagiography, she paints him warts and all.
I cannot recommend this book too highly. I will purchase her biography of the Mitford Girls (one of whom I once met). If it proves half as interesting as this present book, it will be a corker.
One of the best modern biographies I have read for some time. Anyone with an interest in late Victorian, Edwardian, or British Empire history should own a copy of this book.