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Working With Winston

Cita Stelzer

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Head of Zeus
29 May 2020
Biography; Biography: historical, political & military; Political leaders & leadership
A portrait of Winston Churchill as seen through the eyes of those who knew him best - the personal secretaries who worked for him throughout his life.

To maintain the pace at which he worked as a parliamentarian, cabinet minister, war leader, writer and painter, Churchill required a vast female staff of secretaries, typists and others. For these women Churchill was an intimidating boss; he was a man of prodigious energy, who imposed unusual and demanding schedules on those around him, and who combined a callous-seeming disregard with sincere solicitude for their well-being. Churchill was no ordinary employer: he did not live by the clock on the office wall. He expected those who worked with and for him to live by that timetable. Despite these often unreasonable demands, Churchill inspired an enduring loyalty and affection amongst the women who worked for him. Drawing on the wealth of oral testimonies of Churchill's many secretaries held in the Churchill Archive in Cambridge, Cita Stelzer - author of Dinner with Churchill - brings to life the experiences of a legion of women whose stories have hitherto remained unpublished in journals and letters. In recapturing their memories of working for and with Churchill - of famous people met, of travels abroad, of taking dictation in non-air-conditioned aeroplanes, of working though whisky-fuelled nights - she paints an original and memorable biographical portrait of one of the twentieth century's iconic statesmen.
By:   Cita Stelzer
Imprint:   Head of Zeus
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
ISBN:   9781786695871
ISBN 10:   1786695871
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   29 May 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Cita Stelzer is a freelance journalist, and a Research Associate at the Hudson Institute. She is currently a Reader at Churchill College, Cambridge, and a Board member of the Churchill Centre. She is author of the much-praised Dinner with Churchill: Policy-making at the Dinner Table (2012).

Reviews for Working With Winston

'[Cita Stelzer] creates a wonderfully rich picture ... The result is a remarkable blend of everyday life for these remarkable people, through to bearing witness to some of the most extraordinary events in twentieth-century history ... Excellent, offering unique insights, a fresh new approach and does so in a way where you quite simply cannot put this book down' International Churchill Society. 'Many thousands of books about Churchill have already been published since his death. Stelzer proves though, that it is still possible to produce one that is both original and highly entertaining' Sunday Times. '[A] fascinating book ... Working with Winston is a wonderful tour behind the scenes of history and its vignettes portray a very human and attractive man' The Times. '[A] glorious new book ... Fascinating' Daily Mail.


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