Tuesday 1 June: The Churchill Girls

Rachel Trethewey, author of The Churchill Girls, will talk about the wartime of Diana, Sarah, and Mary. They were each so different, but all three were imbued with a sense of responsibility to each other and their country. They not only contributed to the general effort at home, but also supported their father in his own war efforts. His daughters were eyewitnesses at some of the most crucial events in twentieth century history, travelling with him to the war conferences at Tehran, Yalta, and Potsdam, where they met Stalin and Roosevelt.

Their contribution at the heart of his inner circle helped to change their father’s attitudes to the role of women in society. Yet being the children of the war leader brought with it a difficult blend of privilege and pressure, which would tell in later life.

Rachel Trethewey read History at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, where she won the Philip Geddes Prize for student journalism. During her subsequent career she wrote features for the Daily Mail and Daily Express. She regularly reviews historical books and biographies for The Independent and has previously written Pearls Before Poppies: The Story of the Red Cross Pearls (The History Press, 2018) and Before Wallis: Edward VIII’s Other Women (The History Press, 2018).

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