Jane Ridley

Eminence Rose

Clarissa Eden: A Memoir – from Churchill to Eden

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Clarissa Churchill is the niece of one prime minister, Winston Churchill, and the wife of another, Anthony Eden, who succeeded Churchill. From this you might deduce that she is a political groupie and hostess who spent her youth in the Churchill bunker being groomed for Number 10. In fact, as her memoir shows, this could hardly be further from the truth. Her life was far more interesting than that.

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