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FROM THE RIDICULOUS TO THE SUBLIME… SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 15.23PM

David Lough - 40 Years of Letters between Churchill and his Mother

And wasn’t it just…?
To walk straight out of Parsons and Brandreth’s comedic juggernaut into David Lough’s talk on ‘Forty Year’s of Letters Between Churchill and his Mother’ might to some have appeared irresponsible; after all, how could anyone’s brain switch successfully - and immediately - between the two extremes. But such was Lough’s impeccable research and considered delivery, it actually proved the perfect ‘Ying’ to the previous hour’s ‘Yang’.
Eloquent, funny (in its own, warm way) and surprisingly moving, Lough’s examination of Churchill’s conversations with his mother via pen and paper was extraordinary. So much so that in one small presentation, a reading of letters exchanged between the two when Winston was just 17 and threatened with spending Christmas in France to further his education, proved revelatory. An extraordinary, hairs-stood-up-on-the-arm moment.
Terrific.


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Blenheim Palace HSBC In partnership with HSBC Desmond and Fiona Heyward Lady Hatch Jill Dunsmore Mary and Cecil Quillen Italian Cultural Institute Owen Mumford Schools programme partner HM Government of Gibraltar Sponsor of festival green room Gibunco Group Hedges Law Lawyers to the festival Seabourn Luxury Cruises Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller European Commission Schools and colleges programme The Oxford Times Regional media partner Bear Ram Elk Digital Strategy and Web Design Eynsham Hall Floris of London Oxford Cultural Collective Macdonald Bear Hotel Festival hotel Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Lord’s Taverners Festival sports charity partner The Feathers Hotel The King’s Arms The Sloane Club Literary Review Liaison Financial Services OX magazine K T Bruce Photography Save the Children Bookshop Experience Oxfordshire Wake up to Woodstock