September 8, 2014
One hundred years ago this summer, Winston Churchill took a seaside cottage for his family at Overstrand near Cromer on England's east coast - Pear Tree Cottage, just across the lawn from Beehive Cottage, where his brother Jack's family vacationed. The Churchills' idyllic summer of 1914 ended on August 4 with Britain's declaration of war against Germany and the commencement of World War One. Winston Churchill nevertheless remarked about that vanished summer: "It is a very happy, sunlit picture in my mind's eye."
We trust your summer of 2014 also constituted a very happy sunlit picture. We welcome you back with news of two great forthcoming events.
June 13, 2014
Lady Mary Soames passed away on May 31, at the age of 91. Chartwell Booksellers proprietor, Barry Singer, shares some personal thoughts about her.
May 29, 2014
The joyous arrival at Chartwell Booksellers of a previously unknown painting by Winston Churchill, damaged long ago, but impressive nonetheless - both aesthetically and historically.
April 11, 2014
Thirty-one is hardly the grand occasion that thirty represented. Still, we are glad to be here.
March 3, 2014
February 17, 2014
In his book, CHURCHILL STYLE, Chartwell proprietor Barry Singer placed this neat photograph of Churchill “at the wheel” on page 107. He'd uncovered it in the Getty photo archive, where it was uncaptioned, save for a speculative 1925 date. Just lately, however, we located a vintage original wire service print of this very image, with a detailed caption on the back. What it reveals re-renders the photo (and Churchill's facial expression) completely.
January 24, 2014
Winston Churchill died on January 24, 1965, a Sunday morning, shortly after eight o’clock, at the age of 90.
For three days thereafter, more than 300,000 mourners filed past Churchill’s casket, as it Lay in State at Westminster Hall. Then, on January 30, one of the most poignant State Funerals in British history commenced.
As per tradition, we remember.
November 30, 2013
Winston Churchill celebrated his birthdays in a variety of ways but most often at Chartwell, his home.
At Chartwell Booksellers, we celebrate his birthday in one particular way: by sharing our latest catalogue of Churchilliana with you.
Happy Birthday Sir Winston! And Happy Holidays to one and all!
June 22, 2013
It has taken years to return the Official Biography to print. Not nearly as long as it took Randolph Churchill and Sir Martin Gilbert to write their 8-volume Guiness World Record holder as a biography; but too many years, nonetheless. The arrival of Volumes VII and VIII this week seals the deal for the immediate future.
June 10, 2013
Anthony Montague Browne, who passed away on April 1 at the age of 89, remained prudence personified throughout his long tenure as Churchill’s last Private Secretary.