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By Martin Gilbert

Distilled from years of meticulous study and documentation, packed with fabric unavailable while the earliest books of the authentic biography's 8 volumes went to press, Churchill is a superb marriage of the demanding evidence of the general public lifestyles and the intimate info of the personal guy. the result's an important portrait of 1 of the main outstanding males of any age in addition to a revealing depiction of a guy of impressive braveness and mind's eye.

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His parents were leaving for Russia in five days' time and would be away until February. 'I am very disappointed that I must spend my holidays without you,' he wrote to his mother on hearing the news from Miss Thomson, 'But I am trying to make the "Best of a bad job". ' Returning to London, he spent his Christmas holidays without his parents. 'It is very dull without you,' he wrote to his mother on December 26. He also told her that he had won two school prizes, for English and for Scripture. That Christmas, Mrs Everest was taken ill with diphtheria.

Lord andolph had polled 2,576 votes, as against 769 cast for his opponent. The election result centred upon the part to be played by Joseph Cham­ berlain, and his seventy-seven fellow breakaway Liberals, who, opposing Home Rule for Ireland, called themselves Liberal Unionists and sup­ ported the Conservatives. With that alliance Lord Salisbury formed his second administration. A new political party, the Conservative and Unionist Party, was in the making; fifty-three years later Churchill was to become its Leader.

It might have been so much worse ifWoomany had died,' he wrote to his mother, who was still in Russia. In a letter written to await his mother in London, Churchill asked for 'a good Latin-English & a good English-Latin dictionary'. A week later he asked for a Greek Lexicon. He had begun Virgil, 'which I like', and also Herodotus in the original Greek. He was confident he would do well in the Harrow entrance examination. ' By the end of term he would know the first book of Euclid 'perfectly, which will be more than I shall want.

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