'I am a simple man. My tastes are simple. I am easily satisfied by the best
- A fascinating and forthright memoir of Churchill's granddaughter
- Celia accompanied her grandfather on many family trips and holidays, meeting Onassis, Maria Callas, Gracie Fields, Greta Garbo and Fidel Castro
- Handsomely illustrated with rare archival photographs from Celia's archive
Churchill’s Little Redhead is the autobiography of much-travelled author and television presenter Celia Sandys, Winston Churchill’s youngest granddaughter.
Sandys was born in war-ravaged London in 1943, the daughter of Duncan Sandys, her grandfather’s Minister of Supply in his war cabinet, and Diana, née Churchill.
Sandys recalls in much detail post-war rationing and the make-do atmosphere that prevailed at the time. In her spirited book, she describes the ups and downs of her three marriages, from which she bore three sons and a daughter.
The sad death of her divorced mother is touched upon with tenderness, and the death of her favourite aunt, Sarah, who had spent several years deteriorating into alcoholism following the sudden death of her beloved husband is narrated with much understanding and obvious love.
Once her children had flown the nest, Celia developed a new career as an author and wrote three books on her grandfather. One of which, Chasing Churchill, led her to present it as a television series in which she travelled the world retracing her grandfather’s footsteps: from his military escapades in Cuba, the Boer War, his vital wartime meetings with President Roosevelt and countless other visits to his ‘other country’, the United States.
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Celia Sandys is the youngest granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill. Her mother was Churchill’s eldest daughter, Diana, and her father Lord Duncan-Sandys, the former cabinet minister and member of his father-in-law’s wartime government. She is married, has four children and lives in Wiltshire. She is a trustee of the Churchill Centre and founder and chairman of Churchill Leadership, an international company specialising in leadership development training.