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From Winston with Love and Kisses

The Young Churchill

Celia Sandys

Publication Year: 2013

A delightful and illuminating journey through the early years of Winston Churchill, From Winston with Love and Kisses: The Young Churchill weaves together strands of Churchill’s early writing, mature recollections and reflections on childhood, and the comments of the author, Churchill’s granddaughter.

Together with a rich store of images and ephemera from the family archives, this book provides an enthralling composite view of the lonely and sickly little boy who survived on sheer tenacity to become one of the greatest leaders of the twentieth century.

Lavishly illustrated throughout and reproducing in facsimile many of the young Winston’s letters and early artistic efforts, this captivating book brings us an intimate portrait of Churchill’s youth.

Published by: Texas A&M University Press


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I wish first to acknowledge my gratitude to Her Majesty The Queen for her gracious permission to reproduce the painting by my grandfather of the Palladian Bridge at Wilton. I wish to thank: the Duke of Marlborough for permission to photograph and reproduce material in his possession and Paul Duffie, the chief administrator at Blenheim Palace, for all his help; the Keepers and ...


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If you know a lonely child who has poetry in its heart but a tongue distorting the words it tries to utter, whose muscles refuse to obey and fingers drop what it would grasp, whose infantile achievements wither from lack of encouragement; let it listen to the story of young Winston's boyhood and learn to believe there is always hope, and never, never give up. When Winston was nearly eight years old, he was ...

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If the child born at Blenheim Palace a hundred and twenty years ago had not, against all the odds, survived his early years, the world we live in today would be a very different place. Many books have been written about Winston Churchill. They have covered his public life from all angles. His years of despair in the political wilderness ...


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EARLY YEARS 1874-1884

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Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace on 30th November 1874. Queen Victoria had twenty-six more years to reign. Disraeli had that year displaced Gladstone as Prime Minister. The British Empire covered vast areas of the globe and every schoolchild's atlas was largely coloured red. Europe was watching Bismarck preside over the rise of Germany, the menace of which was destined to play ...

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ASCOT 1882-1884

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Winston had already met education in the form of a governess but that was a benign experience compared with what was now being planned for him . . . a much worse peril began to threaten. I was to go to school. I was now seven years old, and was what grown-up people in their off-hand way called a "troublesome boy". It ...

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BRIGHTON 1884-1888

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After the unhappy start to Winston's formal education, Lord and Lady Randolph decided to adopt a completely different approach in the selection of their son's new school. Where St George's was fashionable and pretentious, with the headmaster's coat of arms displayed over the front door, the establishment they chose in Brighton ...

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HARROW 1888-1892

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pp. 109-175

Harrow was to give Winston a measure of the independence he was so clearly seeking. His adult recollection of this milestone in his life recorded that the child destined to become Harrow's most famous old boy had been unable to answer a single question in the Latin paper . . . I wrote my name at the top of the page. I wrote down the number of ...

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SANDHURST 1893-1895

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pp. 176-221

Winston's schooldays were over but his future was still uncertain. The results of his second attempt at the examination, which if successful would secure him a place at Sandhurst, were not due to be released until the middle of January. Banstead having been given up that autumn and the impecunious Churchills sharing the Grosvenor Square house with ...


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Back Cover

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pp. 228-228

E-ISBN-13: 9781623490782
E-ISBN-10: 1623490782
Print-ISBN-13: 9781623490683

Page Count: 224
Publication Year: 2013

OCLC Number: 862049753
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  • Churchill, Winston, 1874-1965 -- Childhood and youth.
  • Prime ministers -- Great Britain -- Biography.
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