The History Press will publish the first biography of Winston Churchill's daughters in spring 2021.
Publishing director Laura Perehinec acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, including audio, for The Churchill Girls: the Story of Winston’s Daughters by Rachel Trethewey from Heather Holden-Brown at hhb agency.
Churchill and his wife Clementine had five children during their 57 year marriage - Diana, Randolph, Sarah, Marigold (who died before she was three years old) and Mary.
"Bright, attractive and well-connected, in any other family the Churchill girls – Diana, Sarah, Marigold (who tragically died before she was three years old) and Mary – would have shone. But they were not in another family, they were Churchills and neither they nor anyone else could ever forget it. From their father – ‘the greatest Englishman’ – to their brother, golden boy Randolph, to their eccentric and exciting cousins, the Mitford Girls, they were surrounded by a clan of larger-than-life characters which often saw them overlooked. In many ways they have remained footnotes in the Churchill story ever since," said The History Press.
Drawing on a wealth of published sources, interviews with family members and thousands of letters from the Churchill Archives at Churchill College Cambridge, including the Mary and Christopher Soames Archive, The Churchill Girls offers an "unparalleled behind-the-scenes insight into the Churchillian world, set not on the battlefields or in Parliament, but revealing Winston Churchill with his family, facing a very different set of challenges."
The biography marks Trethewey's third book for The History Press. Her history of the Red Cross pearl necklace campaign of 1918, Pearls Before Poppies and her book, Before Wallis: Edward VIII’s Other Women were both published in 2018.
Perehinec said: “I’m so pleased to be working with Rachel again – her meticulous research and deft storytelling provide the perfect platform to tell the story of these complex and fallible women.”