From Churchill's War Rooms: Letters of a Secretary 1943-45

3.47 avg rating
( 15 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780752440743: From Churchill's War Rooms: Letters of a Secretary 1943-45
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

From Churchill's War Rooms Letters Of A Secretary 1943-45

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

The Telegraph, 19.02.07: "one of the most atmospheric eyewitness accounts of that time". --The Telegraph, 19.02.07:Elizabeth Grice

"remarkable memoirs". --Motoring and Leisure, February 2007(Joey Clarke).

"a ringside seat as history was made" "It's overwhelming to see all my memories in a book". --The News (Portsmouth), 16.01.07, (Simon Toft); Olive Margerison)

From the Author:

1. I particularly wanted a book that could represent a
secretary as she was then and is now with all her memories and memorabilia
around her - and thus bring to life the Cabinet War Rooms themselves.
Pulling all Olive Christopher's material together was like working on a
quilt - I felt that out of such a disparate mixture we could touch the
texture of the times. There were so many different pieces and a lot of
transcribing and sorting - verbal memory and recollections, tape
recordings, letters, cards, memos, books and booklets, photographs, passes,
pictures, cuttings, menus, scraps of information, and telephone
conversations.

2. The best thing was getting a small research grant from the British
Academy so I could go and visit Olive in her own home, talk to her and go
through everything to make my final selection - which is only a small part
of all that she kept.

3. The narrative is as she told it to me, backed up by additional research.
The letters are interesting for their gentle love story, and for what is
hidden because of the Official Secrets Act and self-censorship. Olive could
not of course write about what she was doing, so the reader has to fill in
the gaps. I like that. We know the `big' story, so now we can set it in the
context of ordinary lives. It is in the human detail of the letters and
memorabilia that we can get an immediate sense of the past.

4. Olive Christopher was just a secretary - though not an ordinary one,
typing up notes and plans for the great Allied invasions and other secret
matters. It is rare now to meet anyone who knew and worked for Churchill
during WW2, though she was really only on the periphery of his inner
circle. She did however see him quite often in the Cabinet War Rooms and of
course her boss General Hollis was in regular contact, as Secretary to the
Chiefs of Staff. Olive travelled to Cairo with Churchill in HMS Renown, and
was in Teheran for his birthday party, where she saw Roosevelt and Stalin.
She worked for Churchill in Marrakech, where he was secretly recuperating.
She saw him improve in health, attended his New Year's Eve Party, and met
General Eisenhower. She travelled in his party to the 2nd Quebec
Conference, and found she was filmed in the newsreel of his arrival. She
saw him at the Victory Parade in Berlin, and typed and filed notes for the
Potsdam Conference. Most of all, she knew lots about him through General
Hollis, and her prized possession is a signed photograph given to her. She
also has a Christmas card of one of his prints from Mrs Churchill.

5. What struck me was that Olive had a `good war' and life was glamorous.
They did work hard, but they had fun. Sometimes things were quiet in the
War Rooms and there are two lovely recollections - the first being of
sitting quietly sewing pretty underwear from cheap silk remnants, and the
other a noisy game of seeing how far they could unravel loo rolls down the
corridor.

6. Olive's story gives us a rare insight into the workings of the Cabinet
War Rooms and of being relatively close to Churchill. It also tells us a
bit more about women's lives at the time - it is therefore a very rich
wartime narrative.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780752446080: From Churchill's War Rooms: Letters of a Secretary 1943-45

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0752446088 ISBN 13:  9780752446080
Publisher: The History Press Ltd, 2009
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Joanna Moody
Published by The History Press Ltd (2007)
ISBN 10: 0752440748 ISBN 13: 9780752440743
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Bestsellersuk
(Hereford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description The History Press Ltd, 2007. Hardcover. Condition: New. No.1 BESTSELLERS - great prices, friendly customer service â" all orders are dispatched next working day. Seller Inventory # mon0000517846

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
3.06
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2
Within United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Joanna Moody
Published by The History Press Ltd, United Kingdom (2007)
ISBN 10: 0752440748 ISBN 13: 9780752440743
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description The History Press Ltd, United Kingdom, 2007. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. One of the most atmospheric eyewitness accounts of that time Elizabeth Grice, The Daily Telegraph, 19.02.07. Seller Inventory # BTE9780752440743

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
21.34
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Joanna Moody
Published by The History Press Ltd, United Kingdom (2007)
ISBN 10: 0752440748 ISBN 13: 9780752440743
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description The History Press Ltd, United Kingdom, 2007. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. One of the most atmospheric eyewitness accounts of that time Elizabeth Grice, The Daily Telegraph, 19.02.07. Seller Inventory # UGH9780752440743

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
21.35
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Joanna Moody
Published by The History Press Ltd, United Kingdom (2007)
ISBN 10: 0752440748 ISBN 13: 9780752440743
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description The History Press Ltd, United Kingdom, 2007. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. One of the most atmospheric eyewitness accounts of that time Elizabeth Grice, The Daily Telegraph, 19.02.07. Seller Inventory # UGH9780752440743

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
22.16
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Moody, Joanna
ISBN 10: 0752440748 ISBN 13: 9780752440743
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2007. HRD. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # TT-9780752440743

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
15.07
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 7.16
From U.S.A. to United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Joanna Moody
Published by The History Press Ltd (2007)
ISBN 10: 0752440748 ISBN 13: 9780752440743
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description The History Press Ltd, 2007. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # TV9780752440743

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
24.50
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.61
From Germany to United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Moody, Joanna
ISBN 10: 0752440748 ISBN 13: 9780752440743
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. Brand New. Seller Inventory # 0752440748

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
15.86
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 13.56
From U.S.A. to United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Joanna Moody
Published by Tempus (2007)
ISBN 10: 0752440748 ISBN 13: 9780752440743
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Tempus, 2007. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0752440748

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
26.28
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 6.78
From U.S.A. to United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Joanna Moody
Published by Tempus (2007)
ISBN 10: 0752440748 ISBN 13: 9780752440743
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Tempus, 2007. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0752440748

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
29.75
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 4.37
From U.S.A. to United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Moody, Joanna
Published by Tempus (2007)
ISBN 10: 0752440748 ISBN 13: 9780752440743
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Tempus, 2007. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110752440748

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
32.64
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 15.06
From U.S.A. to United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds