Dark Lady

Dark Lady

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Jennie Jerome was a controversial American society girl and mother of Britain's most revered statesman, Winston Churchill. A single-minded and dynamic woman she was an early feminist, advocate of Irish independence, and, above all, was notorious for her promiscuity. Charles Higham draws from previously overlooked sources to provide much that is startlingly new about the remarkable and tempestuous life of Jennie Jerome. The book charts her luxurious New York upbringing, her eyebrow-raising entry into the British aristocracy through marriage to Lord Randolph Churchill, son of the Duke of Marlborough, her endless line of liaisons with men of vastly inferior years, and a very different sort of affair in the highest of high places - with the Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VII (one of many kings and princes to win her affection). Passionately in love with life, expressive of her sexuality when women were supposed to hide it, beautiful and independent minded, Jennie Jerome was decades ahead of her time.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 130 x 188 x 22mm | 521.64g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1x8 b/w illustration section
  • 0753512009
  • 9780753512005
  • 758,682

About Charles Higham

Charles Higham, a former New York Times feature writer, is the author of Howard Hughes: The Secret Life, one of the sources for the film The Aviator. His Mrs Simpson: Secret Lives of the Duchess of Windsor, has been a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and he has written bestselling biographies of Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis and Orson Welles.show more

Review quote

"Dark Lady, like all of Charles Higham's biographies, is vivacious, sensational and revelatory. Jennie Churchill emerges as an intensely individual and passionate figure, and the book is indispensable reading for a full and proper understanding of her great son, Winston." -- Simon Callow, actor, author and TV presenter "A fascinating biography, told with panache" * You magazine * "A vibrant look at the life of society beauty Jenny Jerome covering murder, espionage, love affairs and political machinations" * Daily Express *show more

Review Text

"A fascinating biography, told with panache"show more

Back cover copy

Jennie Jerome was a controversial American society girl and mother of Britain's most revered statesman, Winston Churchill. A single-minded and dynamic woman she was an early feminist, advocate of Irish independence, and, above all, was notorious for her promiscuity. In Dark Lady: Winston Churchill's Mother and Her World Charles Higham draws from previously overlooked sources to provide much that is startlingly new about the remarkable and tempestuous life of Jennie Jerome. The book charts her luxurious New York upbringing, her eyebrow-raising entry into the British aristocracy through marriage to Lord Randolph Churchill, son of the Duke of Marlborough, her endless line of liaisons with men of vastly inferior years, and a very different sort of affair with the Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VII. Passionately in love with life, expressive of her sexuality when women were supposed to hide it, beautiful and independent minded, Jennie Churchill was decades ahead of her time.show more

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33 ratings
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4 9% (3)
3 42% (14)
2 27% (9)
1 6% (2)
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