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Literary Series - Mary Churchill's War

Emma Soames' fascinating book about her mother Mary Churchill

In Person Event : Tuesday, 26 October, 18.30 London / 13.30 EDT in The Lotos Room
Virtual Event: Tuesday, 26 October, 19.15 London / 14.15 EDT on Zoom

We are resuming our in-person literary series, bringing together Britain's best and brightest writers to read from their latest works and showcasing young writers alongside established literary names, putting a spotlight on intelligent and intriguing non-fiction stories with our overall aim being to curate a series of stimulating and engaging events. They will continue in a hybrid format and will also be streamed live online.

The next event will be on Tuesday 26 October with a reading of Mary Churchill's War: The Wartime Diaries of Churchill's Youngest Daughter (Two Roads) by writer, broadcaster and columnist Emma Soames.

Prior to each reading and discussion, guests are invited to enjoy a drinks reception with canapés in the Lotos Room. Each guest will also receive a copy of Mary Churchill's War: The Wartime Diaries of Churchill's Youngest Daughter as part of their ticket, with an opportunity for signing after the talk.

'It wasn't easy being a Churchill child - and only Mary managed it with serenity and aplomb, as her diary shows.' Anne De Courcy, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

For those who prefer not to attend or live further afield, the event will be streamed live online and there will be an opportunity to submit questions to the author.

The Author

Emma Soames is a writer, broadcaster and columnist who has been editor of the Literary Review, Tatler, ES Magazine, the Telegraph magazine and Saga. She is the second child of Mary and Christopher Soames and is her mother's Literary Executor, and is a granddaughter of Winston and Clementine Churchill.

The Book

In 1939 seventeen-year-old Mary found herself in an extraordinary position at an extraordinary time: it was the outbreak of the Second World War and her father, Winston Churchill, had been appointed First Lord of the Admiralty; within months he would be Prime Minister.

From air raid sirens at 10 Downing Street to seeing action with the ATS, from cocktail parties with presidents and royals to accompanying her father on key diplomatic trips, Mary's wartime diaries are full of colour, rich in historical insight, and a charming and intimate portrait of life alongside Winston Churchill.

BOOK YOUR EVENT

Live Event

Ticket Price: £29, including a copy of the book

Time: 18.30pm - drinks reception with canapés

19.15pm - reading, discussion and Q&A

Location: The Lotos Room at The Beaumont

We ask all guests to wear a mask to this event, unless exempt. Thank you.

Our in-person event is now sold out. We invite you to follow the reading and discussion online by booking your online Zoom place below.

Virtual Event

Ticket Price: Free of charge

Time: 19.15 London / 14.15 EDT

Location: Zoom - you will be sent Zoom joining details on the day of the event.

You will be able to follow the reading and discussion online and we will submit your questions for the author afterwards.

Covid-19 Statement

Find out more HERE about the precautions we are taking in advance of your visit.

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