American Jennie by Anne Sebba
The Remarkable Life of Lady Randolph Churchill

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A frank account of the tempestuous life of the American mother of Britain’s most important twentieth-century politician.


Brooklyn-born Jennie Jerome married into the British aristocracy in 1874, after a three-day romance. She became Lady Randolph Churchill, wife of a maverick politician and mother of the most famous British statesman of the century. Jennie Churchill was not merely the most talked about and controversial American woman in London society, she was a dynamic behind-the-scenes political force and a woman of sexual fearlessness at a time when women were not supposed to be sexually liberated. A concert pianist, magazine founder and editor, and playwright, she was also, above all, a devoted mother to Winston. In American Jennie, Anne Sebba draws on newly discovered personal correspondences and archives to examine the unusually powerful mutual infatuation between Jennie and her son and to relate the passionate and ultimately tragic career of the woman whom Winston described as having “the wine of life in her veins.”
 

About Anne Sebba

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ANNE SEBBA is a biographer, lecturer, and former Reuters foreign correspondent who has written eight books and is a member of the Society of Authors Executive Committee. She lives in London.
 
Published December 20, 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company. 416 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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The eventful life of Winston Churchill's mother, recounted by a writer who has penned similar tomes on Mother Teresa and Laura Ashley.

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As Winston Churchill's mother and close adviser, Brooklyn-born Jennie Jerome (1854–1921) may have rated a chapter in the history books. But steeped in scandal, the passionate, ambitious

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As Winston Churchill's mother and close adviser, Brooklyn-born Jennie Jerome (1854–1921) may have rated a chapter in the history books. But steeped in scandal, the passionate, ambitious

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