|Pages/Publication Date:||270 / 2019|
Elegant yet energetic, Anita Leslie (1914-85) was best known for the popular biographies of her extraordinary relatives, including Jennie Churchill (Winston's mother) and sculptor Clare Sheridan. In 1940 Anita volunteered for active service, and by the end of the war she had been awarded the Croix de Guerre for outstanding bravery on the battlefield in France. While Anita always insisted that everything was "delightful and amusing," her life after the war was clouded by destructive love affairs, depression, and domestic and financial chaos. In this biography, Penny Perrick brings this flamboyant woman to life, chronicling the intense joy that Anita took in her children, her passionate love of Ireland, her prolific career as a writer, and her mismanagement of the family castle.