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Emma Soames, granddaughter of Winston Churchill, joined “Special Report” and talked to anchor Bret Baier about her mother’s wartime diaries.
BRET BAIER: Joining me now is Emma Soames, granddaughter of Winston Churchill, author of the new book ‘Mary Churchill’s War The Wartime Diaries of Churchill’s Youngest Daughter’ … What made you put your mom’s diaries down and reflect on your grandfather’s legacy?
EMMA SOAMES: I and my siblings, we had another look at the diaries and decided they were so interesting and compelling that they should be published in their entirety.
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I mean, just to give you an idea, on page three, she quotes her father as saying – and this is 1939, at the beginning of the year – ‘Before God Almighty, I say I do not want a war.’ And she says ‘To this, I am a witness.’. [00:01:09][29.4]
I have very powerful childhood memories of his goldfish, his swimming pool of him, indeed sitting on the lawn in his Stetson with a large cigar and looking at his favorite view in the world, which was across the valley of Kent.
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Indeed, it is historical, but it was not written by historian. When war breaks out, she is a 17-year-old girl who has literally just left school. But what it does give is a very intimate view of Churchill during the war and the stresses and strains he was under and of her growing devotion to him that lasted all her life.
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