David Lough, No More Champagne: Churchill and his Money
New York: Picador, $32 and London: Head of Zeus, £25
Review by PETER CLARKE
The Churchill Archives Centre has been mined by historians over many years for its political treasures. Beyond this, however, is what we could call the “hidden archive”—not because the Archive Centre hid it away but because researchers generally ignored it. I am referring especially to the holdings of literary papers that testify to Churchill’s other career as an author and to the mass of business correspondence, financial documents, bank statements, tax files, household bills, and other kinds of paperwork.
In recent years authors have started to explore this hidden territory. David Reynolds’s In Command of History
(2004) built on the author’s own mastery of the diplomatic and military history of the period to illuminate our understanding of how Churchill presented events in his Memoirs of
the Second World War
. Reynolds’s research opened up a more complex story about the financial implications of how Churchill operated as a writer. And this in turn prompted me to follow up on the story by putting Churchill’s composition of his History of the English-Speaking Peoples
at the heart of my own book, Mr. Churchill’s Profession
(2012). So I happily declare an interest in commenting on David Lough’s welcome addition to the literature in his meticulously documented book, No More Champagne
. Its eighty pages of references are overwhelmingly to materials held in the “hidden archive,” the holdings of which are now further exposed in the light of history.
New Book Collects Letters between Churchill and T. E. Lawrence;
Interview with Editor JEREMY WILSON
Jeremy Wilson is the authorised biographer of T. E. Lawrence. Together with his wife, he has been editing and publishing the Lawrence correspondence. The newest volume includes the letters between Lawrence and Winston Churchill from the time Lawrence left the Colonial Office until his death. Wilson recently discussed with the Chartwell Bulletin how he came by the job and what he has learned.
You are the authorised biographer of T. E. Lawrence. How did you come to receive this assignment? JW:
I was doing postgraduate research on European diplomacy between the two world wars while collecting T. E. Lawrence books as a hobby. In the summer of 1968 I volunteered to make a handlist of the Lawrence papers embargoed in the Bodleian Library until 2000. My access to that archive led A. W. Lawrence (TEL’s younger brother and literary executor) to ask if I would write a historical introduction to Lawrence’s commonplace-book Minorities
[1971/2]. After that, the publishers of Minorities
suggested I should tackle Lawrence’s authorised biography. In other words, it just happened.
Winston Churchill: A Passion for Painting by Edwina Sandys
Churchill’s Granddaughter is a Professional Artist Herself
Winston Churchill is known today—five decades after his death—as the resolute statesman who led Britain during the Second World War and inspired a nation during its “finest hour.” He was a passionate writer and orator. He wrote over five thousand speeches and published more than forty books and countless articles ranging from African travel journals to essays about oil painting. In 1953 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for “his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values.”
New Statue of the US Ambassador to Britain in World War II
Will Face New Hampshire State House in Concord
When John G. Winant arrived at Bristol Airport in March 1941 to assume his duties as the new American ambassador to the Court of St. James, he announced: “I’m very glad to be here. There is no place I’d rather be at this time than in England.” The remark, coming as it did in the midst of the Blitz and from a man whose predecessor had despaired of any hope for Britain during the war, was dramatic and appeared on the front page of most British newspapers the next day. A memorial to the former New Hampshire governor and diplomat is now planned for the capital of the Granite State.
Winners of Pentland’s Annual Competition Announced
The Churchill Centre’s annual partnership with Pentland Group plc and Arts Thread to encourage the development of young talent in the field of design has produced some striking images for Sir Winston’s favourite libation. The 2015 special Competition partner was Champagne Pol Roger, and the brief for the contestants was to design a gift box and label for a Magnum of Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2006 champagne. The First Prize entry, by Sara Griffin, is seen above.
Striking Images Displayed at National Portrait Gallery;
London Exhibition Runs through 5 June 2016
© National Portrait Gallery, London
To coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Winston Churchill, a new display at the National Portrait Gallery gives a broad picture of Churchill’s many roles through works from the Photographs Collection. The steadfast wartime leader is shown in iconic portraits and morale-boosting ephemera, while press prints, tear sheets, and snapshots show him as a correspondent, soldier, painter, writer, friend, and family man.