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April 1, 2012


A Retirement Gift From The Prime Minister


Perhaps our greatest pleasure as a bookshop specializing in all things Churchill is the rare opportunity to share with you something truly unique - even previously unseen - that Winston Churchill touched directly in his lifetime.

This is one of those occasions.

February 27, 2012


The Art of Being Winston Churchill by Barry Singer


We are delighted to share with you news of CHURCHILL STYLE: The Art of Being Winston Churchill, an impending illustrated biography like no other. Written by Barry Singer, the founder and longtime proprietor of Chartwell Booksellers, CHURCHILL STYLE will be published in May but you can enjoy an advance peek in this coming Sunday's T-New York Times Style Magazine.

January 24, 2012


An Obscure Object to Admire


Winston Churchill died at his London home, 28 Hyde Park Gate, on the morning of January 24, 1965 at the age of 90 - exactly seventy years to the day of his own father, Lord Randoph Churchill's, death. Churchill's passing generated a deluge of tributes, many of them in the form of commemorative objects.

January 3, 2012


An Anti-Gun Anniversary Ominously Observed

January 3rd marked the 101st Anniversary of a very controversial moment in Winston Churchill's illustrious career, "The Battle of Stepney," as it came to be known, or "The Siege of Sidney Street." On the first anniversary of the tragedy in Tucson, we look back to another incident of violence that galvanized a nation.

December 14, 2011


A Chartwell Booksellers Tradition


In September 1941, while visiting Manston Aerodrome in Surrey to inspect No. 615 Fighter Squadron, his own honorary RAF unit, Winston Churchill was offered tea proudly prepared by the airmen. “Good God, no,” he replied, demurring. “My wife drinks that. I’ll have a brandy.”

We invite you nonetheless to join us for HOLIDAY TEA AT THREE, our annual tea dance, this Saturday, December 17, featuring music by Vince Giordano and his Nighthawks.

Happy Holidays!

November 30, 2011

Birthday Champagne & Our New CHURCHILL AT CHARTWELL Catalogue

We Celebrate!

Birthday Champagne & Our New CHURCHILL AT CHARTWELL Catalogue

Winston Churchill was born on this day in 1874 at Blenheim Palace.We are delighted to celebrate his 137th Birthday Anniversary by sharing with you our new 2012 catalogue of Churchilliana.

October 18, 2011

Congratulations to Lady Mary Soames on the publication of: A DAUGHTER'S TALE: The Memoir of Winston and Clementine Churchill's Youngest Child

We celebrate the UK release with Signed Copies

Congratulations to Lady Mary Soames on the publication of: A DAUGHTER'S TALE: The Memoir of Winston and Clementine Churchill's Youngest Child

Lady Mary Soames has contributed many marvelous books to the canon of works about her father, as well as the definitive biography of her mother. The release this month in Great Britain of A DAUGHTER'S TALE: The Memoir of Winston and Clementine Churchill's Youngest Child presents us with Lady Soames' most personal and intimately revealing volume. We are delighted to offer a limited number of SIGNED first editions.

October 1, 2011

EDWINA SANDYS ART: A Champagne Reception

Celebrating Winston Churchill's Granddaughter and Her New Book

EDWINA SANDYS ART: A Champagne Reception

Inspired by her grandfather, who was the first artist she ever saw at work, Edwina Sandys has been a working artist for most of her adult life. On Thursday evening, October 13, we will celebrate that life and the publication of Edwina Sandys Art - a new book that richly documents it - with a champagne reception at our shop. Please consider this your invitation.

September 20, 2011

"PAINTING AS A PASTIME: Winston Churchill, the Statesman as Artist."

A Lecture by Sir David Cannadine

It is our pleasure to share with you from time to time news of notable Churchill-related events that we believe you might enjoy. Sir David Cannadine speaking on virtually any subject is always stimulating but his views on Winston Churchill are especially worth hearing and his appearances in New York City are infrequent. On Wednesday, September 28, at the Frick Collection, Sir David will deliver a free lecture on a subject near to our hearts: "Painting as a Pastime: Winston Churchill, the Statesman as Artist."

We heartily recommend it.

June 1, 2011


"Let me once more retaliate, as only an author can..."


In his youth and right through middle age, Winston Churchill generally bought his own cigars. As Prime Minister, though, during World War II and after, he was increasingly gifted with cigars and, on occasion, gave his own cigars away as gifts.

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LINKS A website that celebrates Winston Churchill's grand manner of living.

Churchill Archives Centre at Churchill College, Cambridge University, England.

Chartwell: The National Trust's official site for Winston Churchill's former home in Kent.

No. 10 Downing Street: A fascinating photo tour of Winston Churchill's residence during his years as Prime Minister.

Churchill and World War Two: Audio archives from the BBC.

Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms: Churchill's World War II bunker, the locus from which the war was waged, now restored and transformed into a spectacular museum.

Harrow School: Winston Churchill's alma mater.

Blenheim Palace: Churchill's birthplace.

The Churchill Centre: Founded in 1968 to foster the thoughts, words, works and deeds of Winston Spencer Churchill.

The Churchill Book Specialist: Another fine purveyor of rare Churchill books.

The Winston Churchill Shop: Everything that Churchilliana can offer, from porcelains to planters. An extraordinary range of collectibles.

The National Churchill Museum: Located on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, the site of Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech.













Churchill Style: The Art of Being Winston Churchill