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  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9780753528013
  • Imprint: Virgin Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

Dark Lady




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.

  • Pub date: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9780753528013
  • Imprint: Virgin Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

About the Author

Charles Higham

Charles Higham is the prize-winning author of several bestsellers, including the newly reissued Mrs Simpson, the life of the Duchess of Windsor. This new edition of his critically acclaimed bestseller, which formed a basis for Martin Scorseses's blockbuster movie The Aviator starring Leonardo DiCaprio, contains a new prologue describing the making of the film

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Praise for Dark Lady

“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

“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

“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

“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


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