Emma Soames

Mary Churchill’s War

Wigtown Parish Church
In person & Online event
Sat 2 Oct
20:00 UK
£0.00 to £12.00

This is a live audience event. Participants will be on stage in the venue. The event will also be simultaneously streamed on our website. Online access is free but please pay what you can. Booking for online events is optional, but by reserving an online ticket you will receive a reminder beforehand.

In 1939, at the outbreak of World War II, Mary, then 17, found herself in an extraordinary position. Her father, Winston Churchill, had been appointed First Lord of the Admiralty and within months would be Prime Minister. Mary was uniquely placed to observe what happened next, and her diaries, most never before published, provide a front-row view of the great events of war, as well as exchanges and intimate moments with her father. They also capture what it was like to be a young woman during wartime, from air raids at 10 Downing Street, to cocktail parties with presidents and royals. These diaries are full of colour, insight, and charm. 

About the author: Emma Soames is Mary's daughter, and Winston’s granddaughter. She is editor at large of Saga Magazine.

Sponsored by East Knockbrex Farm

Mary Churchill’s War is available from the Wigtown Book Festival shop HERE

Wigtown Book Festival Events

This year's programme is a combination of physical and digital events. Please ensure you book correctly. Digital events will stream through the homepage of wigtownbookfestival.com with young adult events streaming through the YA page.

Unless otherwise stated, events will last between 45 minutes - 1 hour.

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