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Clarissa Eden By Clarissa Eden

Clarissa Eden by Clarissa Eden

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A Memoir by Clarissa Eden, born a Churchill and a Prime Minister's wife at the age of 34.

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Clarissa Eden: A Memoir - From Churchill To Eden by Clarissa Eden

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. Born Clarissa Churchill in 1920, her uncle was the great Winston, and when she married the 55-year-old Eden, then Foreign Secretary, at Caxton Hall register office in 1952, there were crowds as big as the gathering that had cheered Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Wilding's wedding there six months earlier. 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 - Isaiah Berlin, Maurice Bowra and David Cecil among them: 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. This individual, discriminating and honest memoir is her first account of extraordinary times, intuitively edited by Cate Haste, co-author of The Goldfish Bowl.

Clarissa Eden Reviews

'Clarissa has a ready wit and a deliciously dry sense of humour.' -- Virginia Rounding DAILY MAIL 'a riveting account of London in the 1940s and 1950s - intelligent, wry and sharp. Her memoirs will become an important historical document...' -- Jane Ridley LITERARY REVIEW 'the point of this book is its personal portrait of an extraordinary woman, fiercely independent since childhood... makes for lively reading.' -- Raymond Carr THE SPECTATOR 'a tantalising memoir, with sharp observations and anecdotes, seldom cutting and never downright rude... one is left wishing for more...' -- Ivan Fallon THE INDEPENDENT 'Her character bounds off every page - wry, steely, inscrutable' -- Ed Smith THE TIMES 'more like a character from a novel than a real person... she might have been invented by Evelyn Waugh...' -- Dominic Sandbrook DAILY TELEGRAPH 'As a piece of social history it is a delight, but it is more than that... brought together with charm and clarity, creating a picture of a world now gone that sometimes appals but mostly enchants.' -- Norma Major MAIL ON SUNDAY 'The book's importance lies in its myriad insights into the personalities of many of the most important artistic, social, literary, political and cultural figures of the mid-20th century... significant work of social and cultural history' -- Andrew Roberts THE SCOTSMAN 'Her writing is understated, carrying the light, ironic inflections of her class and period... She sits next to the great and quietly skewers them' THE ECONOMIST 'highly entertaining... crammed with good things.' THE OLDIE

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.

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Clarissa Eden: A Memoir - From Churchill To Eden by Clarissa Eden
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