Clarissa Eden

Clarissa Eden : A Memoir - From Churchill to Eden

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In 1955, at the astonishingly young age of 34, Clarissa Eden entered No. 10 Downing Street as the wife of the new Prime Minister, Anthony Eden. A renowned beauty, she was at home with her mother's Liberal intellectual circle, and mixed in her youth with the pillars of Oxford's academic community. According to Antonia Fraser, she was 'the don's delight because she was beautiful and extremely intellectual'. Her close circle of friends included some of the leading cultural figures of the twentieth century: Cecil Beaton, Evelyn Waugh, Orson Welles among them. Her observations and insights into these men and their world provide a unique window into the mid 20th century. As the spouse of the most important man in Britain, the hostess at No. 10 and Chequers, Clarissa Eden was inevitably privy to a multitude of top-level secrets. The Suez crisis and Eden's ill health meant that she shared just four years of Anthony's political life and eighteen months as Prime Minister's wife.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 128 x 214 x 28mm | 458.13g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753824310
  • 9780753824313
  • 1,357,523

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"My only quarrel with this beautifully written memoir is that I wish it could have been longer" -- Simon Shaw MAIL ON SUNDAY "Elegant, wry, intelligent and discreet, this is a joy to read" -- Philip Womack DAILY TELEGRAPHshow more

About Clarissa Eden

Clarissa Eden was born Clarissa Churchill in 1920 and married Sir Anthony Eden in 1952, becoming a Prime Minister's wife in 1955. Cate Haste is a writer and freelance documentary film-maker. Cate Haste is a writer and freelance documentary film-maker. Her last book, The Goldfish Bowl, co-written with Cherie Booth, is about Prime Ministers' spouses at No.10 since 1955. Previous books include Nazi Women, Rules of Desire - a history of sexual mores in the 20th century - and Keep the Home Fires Burning about First World War propaganda.show more

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