Torbay author explores local link with The Churchill Girls
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Local author Rachel Trethewey has published a novel that reveals a surprising link between Torbay and the daughters of wartime leader Sir Winston Churchill.
In her superb book, ‘The Churchill Girls’, Rachel Trethewey describes how one of the iconic leader’s children was in Torbay when she discovered that her father was to become Prime Minister in 1940.
The book explores the lives of three women in a tale packed with passion, drama and tragedy, as Rachel draws on unpublished family letters from the Churchill archives to bring Winston and Clementine’s daughters out of the shadows and tell their remarkable stories for the first time.
“Sarah Churchill was Winston’s second daughter and worked as an actress,” said Rachel. “She was actually appearing at the Pavillion Theatre in Torquay in May 1940, and at the end of her performance, a journalist from the Western Morning News told her that her father had become Prime Minister.
“It was something that stuck in my memory, being a Torquay girl, and the book looks at the lives of his three daughters, Diana, Sarah and Mary. He also had another daughter, Marigold, who died in infancy.”
Rachel has published three other biographies / non-fiction books and a literary journey that began as a young trainee in local newspapers, moving on to work as a feature writer for national publications.
“I was born in Torquay in 1967, and attended Preston Primary School and Torquay Girls’ Grammar School,” said Rachel. “My first taste of journalism came from a work experience placement at the Herald Express.
“I later studied history at Oxford University and was fortunate enough to win a prize in student journalism, which led to a job with the Daily Express, working on their women’s page.
“My next stop was a feature writer for the Daily Mail, followed by a correspondent role with Westcountry Television and returned back to Torquay, where I married my husband John Kiddey, and started working as an author, with many of my ideas based in the local area.”
The Churchill Girls is available to purchase on Amazon and at Waterstones.