With the Churchills in London

December 16, 2014 7:34 PM

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The Churchill family beckoned and I followed. It's really that simple. The invitation arrived and I opened it. "A Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey," it read, "for the Life of the Lady Mary Soames," Winston Churchill's youngest daughter. Mary had passed on May 31 at the age of 91. The date for her service: the 20th of November.

In my Manhattan bookshop, CHARTWELL BOOKSELLERS, I traffic in Winston Churchill's words -- his books, his speeches, his letters. Over the years, this has brought me into contact with his family -- his grandchildren, their children -- and with Mary Soames herself, who sometimes visited. (You can read...

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