Emma Soames is a writer, broadcaster and columnist who has been the 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; she is the granddaughter of Winston and Clementine Churchill. In collaboration with the Churchill Archives Centre, which were purpose-built in 1973 to house Sir Winston Churchill's papers. It is now the home of the papers of almost 600 important political, military and scientific figures from the Churchill era and after, including Mary and Christopher Soames. Situated within the grounds of Churchill College, Cambridge, the Archive Centre's mission is to preserve and make available to the public the unique materials in its care.
A daily love letter from a brave young woman to her adored father .
. . immensely evocative of wartime Britain, extremely
well edited, and occasionally powerfully moving --
Andrew Roberts * TLS *
It wasn't easy being a Churchill child - and only Mary managed it with serenity and aplomb, as her diary of wartime ATS service shows -- Anne De Courcy * Sunday Telegraph *
'Mary's affectionately intimate and emotionally volatile diaries [...] are an informal record that perfectly complements Churchill's own six authoritative volumes of memoirs of the second world war. . .This is a happy book' * Spectator *
A new and valuable perspective on Churchill in wartime * The Oldie *
A fascinating and intimate insight into the iconic Prime Minister's family life * Daily Telegraph *