Mention Winston Churchill and most people will immediately think of the British Prime Minister. In addition to being the man who saw Britain through World War 2, he was also a prolific author. But there was another Winston Churchill who was also an author. Both had American connections – the British PM’s mother was American whereas the other Winston Churchill was American through and through.
I came across the other Winston Churchill by accident. I didn’t know there were two when I found some novels by Winston Churchill in a second-hand bookshop in London (one of the huge benefits of real, physical bookshops – you never know what you’ll discover). I read A Modern Chronicle (1910) way back in 1999 and was taken with his writing, quite different from the style of Churchill’s writing I was used to. It made sense when I discovered there were two men with the same name writing around the same time. The other three books I’ve read are Coniston (1906), A Far Country (1915) and The Celebrity (1898).
Prime Minister Winston Churchill was a prolific writer of historical events starting with his experiences in the Sudan (The River War: An account of the reconquest of the Sudan) and then the Anglo-Boer War (London to Ladysmith via Pretoria). A selection of books can be found on Gutenberg, but these do not include his mamoth account of World War 2 or other major historical accounts.
The better story teller is the novelist purely by virtue of being a teller of stories. However, both Churchills have a special place in my library (classified separately) and provide a good reminder of the need to double check everything – it’s incredible what you could discover.
Thanks Pablo for the image