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Purnell, Sonia

Overview
Works: 13 works in 49 publications in 3 languages and 1,994 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Biographies  History 
Roles: Author
Classifications: DA566.9.C48, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Sonia Purnell
Clementine : the life of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Purnell( Book )

21 editions published between 2015 and 2018 in English and Dutch and held by 1,588 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of Winston Churchill's extraordinary wife and her lesser-known role in World War II discusses her relationship with political mentor Eleanor Roosevelt, her role in safeguarding Churchill's health throughout key historical events and her controversial family priorities
Just Boris : the irresistible rise of a political celebrity by Sonia Purnell( Book )

3 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A major and controversial new biography of one of the most compelling and contradictory figures in modern British life. Born Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, to most of us he is just 'Boris' - the only politician of the age to be regarded in such familiar, even affectionate terms. Uniquely, he combines comedy with erudition, gimleteyed focus with jokey self-deprecation, and is a loving family man with a roving eye. He is also a hugely ambitious figure with seemingly no huge ambitions to pursue - other than, perhaps, power itself. One of the most private men in public life, we all know of Boris, but so few can truly claim to know him. He invites attention, but has evaded scrutiny. Now, from the vantage point of a once close colleague, Sonia Purnell charts his remarkable rise and offers the first forensic account of just how he did it. Drawing on hundreds of interviews with Boris's friends, rivals, admirers and enemies, this revealing biography examines how a shy, young boy from a broken home grew up to be ou r only box-office politician - and most unlikely sex god; how the Etonian product fond of Latin tags became a Man of the People - and why he wanted to be; how the gaffe-prone buffoon charmed Londoners to win the largest personal mandate Britain has ever seen; and how the Johnson family has built our biggest - not to mention blondest - media and political dynasty. At times, allegations of infidelity, journalistic chicanery, rivalries with fellow Tories and scandal at City Hall have threatened to upset his rise, but still it continues. With his unruly mop of hair, trusty bicycle and the surest of popular touches, he remains a Teflon-coated breed apart - but for how long?"--Publisher's description
Clementine : the life of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Purnell( Recording )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of Winston Churchill's extraordinary wife and her lesser-known role in World War II discusses her relationship with political mentor Eleanor Roosevelt, her role in safeguarding Churchill's health throughout key historical events and her controversial family priorities
The irresistible rise of a political celebrity by Sonia Purnell( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First lady : the life and wars of Clementine Churchill by Sonia Purnell( )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Without Churchill's inspiring leadership Britain could not have survived its darkest hour and repelled the Nazi menace. Without his wife Clementine, however, he might never have become Prime Minister. By his own admission, the Second World War would have been 'impossible without her'. Clementine was Winston's emotional rock and his most trusted confidante. Yet her ability to charm Britain's allies and her humanitarian efforts on the Home Front earned her deep respect. Now Sonia Purnell explores the peculiar dynamics of this fascinating union
The life and wars of Clementine Churchill : the life and wars of Clementine Churchill by Sonia Purnell( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through the Churchills' 'wilderness years' in the 1930s, to Clementine's desperate efforts to preserve her husband's health during the struggle against Hitler, Sonia Purnell presents the inspiring but often ignored story of one of the most important women in modern history
Pedal power : how Boris failed London's cyclists by Sonia Purnell( )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the author of Just Boris, the acclaimed and controversial new biography of Boris Johnson, comes a short polemical investigation into the London Mayor's much-vaunted Cycling Revolution. When Boris campaigned in the mayoral election of 2008 he rarely turned up to a photo-call without his trusty bike. His promise was to turn London into the greatest two-wheeled city on earth, where as many people commuted by bicycle as had done a century before. But after much fanfare, and millions spent on 'Super Highways' and 'Boris Bikes', it appears he has turned his back on cyclists in favour of the gas-guzzling motorists of London's Conservative heartlands. Worse still, although the Cycling Revolution has brought more bikes onto the roads, it has been accompanied by an alarming rate of crashes. With the same forensic zeal she applied to Just Boris, Sonia Purnell separates fact from fiction to reveal how 'the cycling mayor' has failed on his greatest ambition for London, and offers a timely insight into what Londoners can expect from another term of the blond on the bike. Sonia Purnell is a writer and freelance journalist living in London and is the author of the acclaimed biography Just Boris: A Tale of Blond Ambition. She worked closely with Boris Johnson in the Daily Telegraph's Brussels bureau in the early Nineties at a turning point in his personal life and working career
WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE : the untold story of the american spy who helped win wwii by Sonia Purnell( Book )

3 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Clementine Churchill by Sonia Purnell( Book )

3 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in Swedish and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ett mycket läsvärt porträtt av en av den moderna historiens viktigaste kvinnor. Vilken var Winston Churchills mest lysande prestation i livet? Enligt honom själv var det att gifta sig med den smarta, fantastiska men komplicerade kvinnan Clementine Churchill. Efter kriget medgav Winston att hustrun hade gjort mitt liv och allt mitt arbete möjligt. Clementine var sin makes klippa och närmaste förtrogna. Hon utövade ett enormt inflytande över Winston och även hans regering ett inflytande som för moderna ögon ter sig närmast opassande. Men hennes förmåga att charma Storbritanniens allierade och hennes humanitära insatser på hemmaplan ingav djup respekt hos omgivningen. Sonia Purnell har skrivit ett mycket läsvärt porträtt av en av den moderna historiens viktigaste kvinnor. Vi får en fascinerande inblick i Clementine Churchills politiska betydelse, men även en nära skildring av hennes svåra och stundtals tragiska privatliv från den stökiga uppväxten till familjelivet med Winston. [Publit]
Clementine by Sonia Purnell( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Sonia Purnell has at long last given Clementine Churchill the biography she deserves. Sensitive yet clear-eyed, Clementine tells the fascinating story of a complex woman struggling to maintain her own identity while serving as the conscience and principal adviser to one of the most important figures in history." ? Lynn Olson, bestselling author of Citizens of London Longlisted for the 2016 Plutarch Award A long-overdue tribute to the extraordinary woman behind Winston Churchill. By Winston Churchill's own admission, victory in the Second World War would have been "impossible without her." Until now, however, the only existing biography of Churchill's wife, Clementine, was written by her daughter. Sonia Purnell finally gives Clementine her due with a deeply researched account that tells her life story, revealing how she was instrumental in softening FDR's initial dislike of her husband and paving the way for Britain's close relationship with America. It also provides a surprising account of her relationship with Eleanor Roosevelt and their differing approaches to the war effort. Born into impecunious aristocracy, the young Clementine was the target of cruel snobbery. Many wondered why Winston married her, but their marriage proved to be an exceptional partnership. Beautiful and intelligent, but driven by her own insecurities, she made his career her mission. Any real consideration of Winston Churchill is incomplete without an understanding of their relationship, and Clementine is both the first real biography of this remarkable woman and a fascinating look inside their private world. From the Hardcover edition
MAY 2017 BOOK CLUB by Sonia Purnell( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A portrait of Winston Churchill's extraordinary wife and her lesser-known role in World War II discusses her relationship with political mentor Eleanor Roosevelt, her role in safeguarding Churchill's health throughout key historical events and her controversial family priorities
Clementine : the life of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Purnell( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A portrait of Winston Churchill's extraordinary wife and her lesser-known role in World War II discusses her relationship with political mentor Eleanor Roosevelt, her role in safeguarding Churchill's health throughout key historical events, and her controversial family priorities
Pedal Power How Boris Johnson Failed London's Cyclists by Sonia Purnell( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Languages
English (43)

Dutch (3)

Swedish (3)