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The tempestuous life of controversial American society girl and mother of Winston Churchill, Jennie Jerome

Jennie Jerome was a controversial American society girl and mother of Britain's most revered statesman, Winston Churchill. A single-minded and dynamic woman she was an early feminist, advocate of Irish independence, and, above all, was notorious for her promiscuity.

Charles Higham draws from previously overlooked sources to provide much that is startlingly new about the remarkable and tempestuous life of Jennie Jerome. The book charts her luxurious New York upbringing, her eyebrow-raising entry into the British aristocracy through marriage to Lord Randolph Churchill, son of the Duke of Marlborough, her endless line of liaisons with men of vastly inferior years, and a very different sort of affair in the highest of high places - with the Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VII (one of many kings and princes to win her affection). Passionately in love with life, expressive of her sexuality when women were supposed to hide it, beautiful and independent minded, Jennie Jerome was decades ahead of her time.


Dark Lady, like all of Charles Higham's biographies, is vivacious, sensational and revelatory. Jennie Churchill emerges as an intensely individual and passionate figure, and the book is indispensable reading for a full and proper understanding of her great son, Winston.

Simon Callow, actor, author and TV presenter

A fascinating biography, told with panache

You magazine

A vibrant look at the life of society beauty Jenny Jerome covering murder, espionage, love affairs and political machinations

Daily Express

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    July 1, 2010

    Virgin Digital

    288 pages

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    October 1, 2007

    Virgin Books

    288 pages

    RRP $29.99

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